How To Position Your Horse To A Gallop

How To Position Your Horse To A Gallop

We’re now going to look at how you get your
horse to move up a transition from canter to gallop. Now, gallop is something that should
not be done by novice riders, and can be incredibly dangerous if not done in a controlled way.
If you are in any way unsure about your canter, you should not move up into a gallop. Galloping should also never be done in an
arena. A horse needs a lot of room to get up to speed, but he also needs a lot of room
to slow down. So, it should be done, maybe on a slight hill or in a field. First of all, you ask the horse to canter.
Then, when you’re in the canter position, you need to come off the horse’s back to enable
him to move faster. Jennifer is now going to show us a light seat, or a jumping position,
that is necessary for the horse to go forward into a gallop. From this position, she is holding her own
weight off the back of the horse, her arms are in a position where she can move them
forwards and backwards with the horse’s head’s movements, because in the gallop, he needs
to stretch his head and neck forwards. In this position she is perfectly in balance.
She’s shortened up the reigns so she still in control. If in an emergency, she needs to slow down,
she then can use her body weight to sit back down on the horse and ask him to slow down.
Galloping, as I’ve already said, is not recommended for novices. It’s not something that should
be done often, as it puts a lot of stress and strain on a horse’s legs. Galloping should only be done on sensible
horses in a place where you know that you can be in control. Another good tip is never
to gallop towards home. This can teach a horse bad manners, and if you do become out of control,
they will take you home all on their own. Jennifer is now showing us, in the canter,
the position you need to be in when galloping a horse. As we are in the arena, we are not
going to ask Chester to go any faster, as this would become unsafe and he may damage
himself. So Jennifer is just showing us the light seat, two point, or jumping position
needed to encourage a horse to go faster in the gallop. As you can see, she is still keeping the reign
contact. She is looking up and keeping her body posture. She is perfectly in balance
with the horse, and she is not impeding his natural balance, so Chester is free to move
forward. If she wanted to make him to go any faster,
she is in the perfect position to do so. .

100 thoughts on “How To Position Your Horse To A Gallop

  1. Oooh yeh, it could be uncomfortable for them I guess. No I suppose they may not mind it. Do you know why it's white and so thick though? It's not like our saliva!

  2. (100% True Story)
    How most people teach horseback riding and then galloping:
    You need to lighten your weight, a slight nudge will give a signal that you want to go faster. When galloping do not sit on your horse back as it will be heavier weight for a horse to handle.
    Kick him, he'll go. Pull his bridal and he'll stop. Here's a whip. Hit it and he will gallop. Try not to fall. Good luck!

  3. Agreed, Miarije!! I spliced a 5/8 diameter cotton rope to a rope halter and I've got all the control I need when I need it. My horse digs it, too. He doesn't throw his head around trying to adjust the bit. He doesn't chomp at the bit. And he can eat along the trail without having to compensate for the bit.

  4. I'm glad to hear that! Great that you have enough confidence to use a rope halter. Your horse must be happy with you 😀

  5. Even though horses are made for running, their legs are still vulnerable to injury. The gallop applies extreme force onto the ankles and joints. One wrong step and the horse can easily break his leg.

  6. Once my sister was just trotting, but the horse got faster and faster turning into a gallop, she can barely control and horse with a cantor so it got really bad. She started swaying and her helmet was everywhere. She got control again and stopped the horse. Thankfully I wasn't on because I'm just a novice rider. So be careful when you are trotting or cantering!

  7. it was a very good tip to learn . thanks so much i now so more about galloping as i have allways wanted to do it but i now know i must wait a bit longer. thank you so much for this video you rock! 

  8. I dont get why she says a HORSE can damage itself galloping. Horses are our running IDOLS! maybe its because we put such collected transitions on them, and only favor canter and trot do the horses become strained and are more likely to become lazy within the gallop. Galloping a horse is healthy, and as long as the horse is in good condition, galloping can really build muscle and frame to the horse. Tell "running shouldn't be done often" to western riders and they'll knock ya off yer seat with their horses breast collars!

  9. Brigit ive been riding for ten years and barrel racing is NOT AT ALL equal to joint damage as jumping is. If you dont know how to turn a horse properly then yea obviously theres going to be some damage but if you turn with your legs and the reins the horse is fine. I dont want to go in detail with english cause i dont want to offend anyone but i wouldn't compare the two being that they are two different actions in riding.

  10. Once in my arena I was cantering and my horse spooked she galloped up the left side and skidded to a halt
    ( I didn't fall off) after that she was as good as gold 🙂

  11. Literally why gallop if youre going to be all in the horses mouth, thats not fun for the horse or the rider

  12. some horses are old my horse is old and he has a record for running but he is retarded form running because of his shoulders that's what they ment

  13. Galloping is not as easy as it looks in western movies. Rode a horse for the first time not to long ago and tried to gallop, I was bouncing all over the place! haha

  14. i galloped my horse in he ring many times..not his full.apeed but we got close..we just dont stop i just keep circling him..then ice his legs aftwr then let him eat grass..he loves it..cause i cant trail ride him..

  15. I'm learning to barrel race and I can go fast but when I stand in my strips they go forward and that pushes me back… And when my horse gallops my legs are bouncing everywhere and it's so hard to keep still when it's so bouncy

  16. I am just looking for help with my two point in canter please give me some advise when I ride my horse at the canter she has a fast stride and I am very bouncy. please help

  17. This would explain why Newt speeds up when my Trainer/His owner has me work on my Two-Point when he is cantering 😛 he thinks I'm asking him to gallop when I'm not

  18. I've been horse riding for 6 years and I can canter and jump and everything but I've never galloped i loan a horse out on a small yard where we do have a field that can be used for galloping no one in my family are really horsey people and most of the time there's no one at my stables , it would be great if you could give me some tips if I where ever to try galloping in a field or the cross country track that's down the road , thanks x

  19. im gonna tell ya a story. we was up in the yu kon. wE GOT UP EARLY ONE MORNING. We was choppin trees and chopping wood. And Big Scott had got to the lumber shack before us and everyone knows what lumberjacks eat. They eat a looooooooooot of pancakes.
    And the lumberjacks, we all rolled in n Big Scott had got there bout 20 minutes before us and we walked in and Big Scott was sitting back in the big chair with a knife and a fork. Sitting there as big as life, turned out he ate 298 pancakes!!!!!!!

  20. "She's shortened up the reins so she's still in control" If you need to hold the reins tight to keep control, you either need a better trained horse, or you're not as good a rider as you think

  21. That girl would not let go of the reins for one second! She didn't even release pressure at a halt she was still pulling on the horses now making his head Bob. She also had the thing so he can open his mouth and he was foaming.

  22. Holy quack she's pulling so hard on the reins! I don't pull hard on the reins and my horse will let me know if I'm hurting him so I don't have to worry about pulling to hard (and I don't because my horse has a very soft mouth) but that rider was doing rolkur or something. I don't see why she's pulling and making her horse go in the uncomfortable postion. I don't think their doing Rulkor just an educational video

  23. I was always told never to shorten the rain and always give horses release on the rains. by shortening the rain… and by seeing you have a bit in the horses mouth…. which is terrible for horses…. will pull on the horses mouth and may'(will)' aggravate the horse and will cause it to rear or buck or something to get release

  24. i dont gallop at all. i only canter and bellow. i just came here just in case i wanted to try. just in case

  25. I haven't learnt gallop yet (and probably won't in a while) but I'm still watching to make sure I know how to handle it if my horse bolts on me, and apart from one rein stop I thought it would help just in case.

  26. At 0:52 that bitch who was riding the poor horse is pulling to hard see the foam in his mouth PEOPLE R SO SICK AND Hardly anyone realises abuse even know it's right In front of there eyes

  27. I personally think be careful while galloping. Horses are better off galloping with nothing on their back, so there is less stress

  28. You are right…my brother was doing gallop for the first time without practice. He fell out of horse and had head injured

  29. She told you in the video they need more room to gallop safely, so they cantered to show the position the rider should be in if they were galloping

  30. The girl doesn’t like the collar down because she won’t put her collar down because it’s not funny to have the collar down.

  31. Novice riders shouldn't gallop a horse.. Is that some one who lacks confidence and knowledge of the aids to control a galloping horse?

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