What it Means to Lope

Loping is described as a “3 beat” gate. I find the lope the most challenging because it demands that I sit the horse balanced and go with the rhythm of the horse, to not lean forward or backwards, but straight in the saddle with control, yet fluidity. A rider shares this rhythm in such an intimate way as she sits atop the horse’s back. I believe when the relationship is a good one, that is when it is humane and sensitive to the horse’s needs, horses and riders enjoy the bond they create, enjoy the flow they find together. It is a unique and beautiful occurrence when the rider and horse meld into one being, and this is clearly observable in the lope.

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