- Practice developing an even, cadenced lope away from the poles.
- Make sure your cues are clear and your horse is listening before working on lope-overs.
- Practice over poles and away from them.
- Keep an even, motivated pace throughout the course.
- Keep your focus ahead on where you want to go next.
- Walk the course beforehand whenever the show allows.
- Don’t allow yourself to get thrown forward in the saddle over elevated poles.
- Don’t get too slow—momentum is necessary for the horse to make the distance between poles.
- Don’t look down at the ground.
- Don’t look at the poles themselves as you’re negotiating the lope-over.
- Don’t speed up or slow down as you approach a lope-over.
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