Loping into the future!

My horses don’t start to lope or canter under saddle consistently until they are four years old.

My horses are started very lightly at 2.5 years old then mostly trail rides at a walk until they are 3.5 then they are introduced to the lope but only loping occasionally in the arena until they are 4 when the refinement starts at the lope. I do this because I found, by this time, the horse has excellent body control and balance with or without a rider and can comfortably handle the lope and also carrying the rider without feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

The best part of starting their first loping or canter strides this late is they immediately pick up the correct lead, and they are slow and collected naturally from their knowledge from the ground and lunging. It’s a very enjoyable experience, no buck, no fuss and the horse almost begs for it because it’s fun and new!

Trailing the youngster is all about keeping it fun and building their confidence 🙂

Happy facial expression on Leonard here as shown riding in just a halter, bareback with a loose rein.

Published by Jillian

I specialize in problem horses, youngsters, horse rehabilitation and achieving softness and a better relationship between horse and their rider. I not only train horses but humans as well. Not your typical riding lesson but I can, if you so choose, teach you to train your horse! I’m always available to help answer questions or share photos or videos upon request to better illustrate my advice. I’ve mastered the “don’t break the bank” way of keeping your horse healthy and cared for while on a budget. If you walk into almost any large barn in Oregon you’re bound to meet a horse I trained or sold! I’ve trained over 623 horses and counting! I post updates as I receive them from clients and buyers. Thank you for taking the time to browse and hopefully learn something new!

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