Sunday, July 24, 2011

learning how to gallop

 Yeah, yeah, she used to be a racehorse, so obviously she *knows* how to gallop, but this weekend I switched things up a bit and worked on teaching her to rate herself and be respectful even when I let her open up a bit.

It's really the same concept we've been working on at the trot and canter for what seems like eons. She's such a smart girl that it easily transferred to the extended canter/pseudo-gallop with no problems at all. She did have one fresh moment but it was nothing that a serious half halt couldn't fix. Other than that she was very rateable and very polite.

getting fresh in the corner
now that's more like it.


  1. Love your correction - no screwing around, just stop it now!

  2. That gallop must have made Lucy very happy.
    Terry at Moondance

  3. Nice work!
    I have an ex racehorse who doesn't know how to gallop, or canter...and sometimes for inexperienced riders... even walk!

  4. This is such an important lesson for a horse to learn.

  5. @ Barbara, when I was a kid I rode a pony who tested me incessantly. She was a piece of work, though on a much more benign level than Lucy can be. She taught me a valuable lesson, though, of how important it is to be clear and concise in my correction. If I try to be "nice" about it, the horse can easily misunderstand and then it's not really clear what is expected. I also don't want to annoy the horse, like a mosquito buzzing around its ear. I'd rather just get it over with and move on! This seems to work well for Lucy. :)

    Terry, she was really happy. She was doing the happy thoroughbred snorts and was so proud of herself lol. She would make a great XC horse.

    Goodtime, yeah, Lu was like that until just recently. I am not sure if her brain finally caught up with her body, or if she really is *that* much happier at this new barn, but I have been enjoying her so much lately and I know in turn she's enjoying herself too (because we can do fun things like careen around the ring, instead of boring things like trot serpentines).

    Thanks Dom, I agree. I have to scout out the fields and see if the footing is good...hopefully we can try this in an open space soon!

  6. It looked like you both were having a really great time! The smile on your face says it all. I am so happy for you to be able to let her go a bit and she still keeps her head on straight. Fun Stuff!


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