Day 24: Working on Loping Off

Today, Congress Champion Jadasa Jablonowski will teach you a thing or two about loping off and how to makes it look pretty.

Jadasa JablonowskiPicture by Rainer Haeckel

AQHA Professional Horsewoman Jadasa Jablonowski aka Dasi specializes in training Western all round horses. She is a triple Congress Champion, multiple Reserve Congress Champion, has been top 3 at the AQHA World Show, she is an eight European Champion, multiple German and Italian Champion, an Americana Champion and multiple High Point Champion. Her mission is to pass on her knowledge to her clients. She coaches, trains and gives clinics for horses and riders on all sorts of levels.
“Dasi is trying to meet each rider and horse at the point of their journey and accompanies them to reach their goals. That way she has coached many Amateur and Youth riders to win titles at all major shows in Europe.”
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Today, Dasi will teach you a thing or two about loping off. Dasi stresses that when loping off, a lot of things happen at once. For her video, Dasi decided to ride her horse without spurs and tried to imitate some popular mistakes people make. “The better your horse is in the bridle at a jog, the higher the chance you might get a good lope.” Check out the video to watch Dasi demonstrate a good way to lope off.

Here is what is important to Dasi when loping off: “I want my hands and legs to be able to give the right cues, the horse should be bent to the inside, without falling onto the inner shoulder.” Dasi stresses that you should be able to move your outer leg without making the horse lope off immediately. “If the horse wants to lope off, calmly correct it and make it trot.” As soon as you want to lope off, you don’t want to move your hands, Dasi says: “Use your legs to push the horse into the bridle while loping off.” Dasi says that a common mistake is the following scenario: “The horse gets faster at the trot and the rider’s hands start to bounce. The legs are not giving a cue to lope off but only make the horse faster, you might loose the horse’s head that should be bent to the inside and they somehow lope off. If you notice that something is not right before loping off, you should stop trying to lope off and rather fix the problem.” One example: As soon as your leg starts to touch the horse, the horse quickly lopes off. “Slowly go back to a jog, make the horse jog, make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. If everything is good, lope off.”

To sum it up, Dasi once again names all the points you should check before loping off: Is the horse well in the bridle? Is it slightly bent to the inside? Is the shoulder staying in place and not drifting off? Are your hands stable and not shaking? Can you move your outer leg without the horse loping off? If you can check all boxes with “yes”, you can calmly lope off.

Dasi stresses that getting a good lope one-handed can only be achieved by doing your homework and the basics two-handed. “The better you work on that, the easier it will be and you will need less cues as time goes by. Have fun practicing!”

Heute geht es um ein vermeintlich einfaches, aber eben doch kniffliges Thema: das schöne Angaloppieren. Um das zu erreichen, ist einiges an Training und Übung notwendig – und die passenden Tipps dazu gibt es heute von Congress Champion Jadasa Jablonowski.

Jadasa JablonowskiFoto: Rainer Haeckel

AQHA Professional Horsewoman Jadasa Jablonowski aka Dasi ist spezialisiert auf die Ausbildung von All-Around-Pferden im Westernreitsport. Sie ist dreifache Congress Champion, mehrfache Reserve Congress Champion, World Show Top 3, achtfache Europameisterin, mehrfache Deutsche und Italienische Meisterin, Americana Champion und vielfache High Point Champion. Dasis Mission ist, ihr Wissen an ihre Schüler weiterzugeben. In Kursen, Unterricht und Turniercoaching betreut sie Reiter und ihre Pferde in allen Ausbildungsstufen.
“Sie holt die Reiter an dem Punkt, ab an dem sie gerade sind und begleitet sie Schritt für Schritt auf dem Weg zu ihren Zielen. So hat sie schon vielen Amateuren und Jugendlichen zu großen Siegen in Europa verholfen.”
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