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Posted 9/28/2013 7:45:42 AM
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Shadow is the laziest horse I've ever known and I try to get her to walk but she just stands there. I did just start riding her again like 3 weeks ago. But even before when I rode her all the time, she was still lazy. How can I get her to move?

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Don't be afraid to have someone lunge her or lead her around in the beginning. Try having someone lead her for 5 minutes, then letting go of the reins or w/e and having her walk by herself. If she stops immediately, then don't be afraid to give her a pop on the butt with a whip.



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Make sure she knows what you want..... If it's just a case of laziness, a crop works well! :) If it's her first time experience with the crop, expect a freak out.



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Fred is really lazy too. He won't trot. So i used a crop on him. And he listens to me now. Crop is really effective. I don't personally like using crops. But it really does work.

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Yes crops do work, but I recommend using more leg pressure. Not kicking I mean more like squeezing. Try working with your horse before resorting to a crop. Whips aren't bad but I think you can get better results other ways.


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Alassea (9/30/2013)
Yes crops do work, but I recommend using more leg pressure. Not kicking I mean more like squeezing. Try working with your horse before resorting to a crop. Whips aren't bad but I think you can get better results other ways.
i agree. I absolutely will NOT use a whip. Pressure is good too. If your horse isn't extremely lazy like Fred.

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Alassea (9/30/2013)
Yes crops do work, but I recommend using more leg pressure. Not kicking I mean more like squeezing. Try working with your horse before resorting to a crop. Whips aren't bad but I think you can get better results other ways.


Leg pressure is good, my Hunter trainer always told me to squeeze for two seconds and if she didn't go to kick. Also, there is a difference in between a whip and a crop(even though a crop is considered a whip). A crop is just like a spank.



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My Haflinger is very lazy too. Nothing really worked. What did work was my dad drove the atv in front of him and Maverick started to follow it. It was very funny!!!



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Alassea (9/30/2013)
Yes crops do work, but I recommend using more leg pressure. Not kicking I mean more like squeezing. Try working with your horse before resorting to a crop. Whips aren't bad but I think you can get better results other ways.
That, and you should never resort to strong artificial aids right from the beginning. Otherwise, you may develop a horse that's oblivious to leg!

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Lunge her before you ride. Don't be afraid to be forceful. Make her trot and even canter. It will prepare her for going faster under saddle.


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Dressage4Fun (10/2/2013)
Lunge her before you ride. Don't be afraid to be forceful. Make her trot and even canter. It will prepare her for going faster under saddle.
this works too! Fred was lunged today and he was PERFECT.

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First of all, tell her you mean business  by touching her with your heels, then if she doesn't move, nudge her, and so on. Shake things up a bit by riding in different places to keep her alert. And remember, horses are naturally lazy creatures, so don't get on her too hard. Hope this helps.

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I agree with everyone above me and if you have to use spurs or even just bumper spurs until they arent lazy anymore. I found they help alot for lazy horses and after awhile i didnt need spurs anymore!

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You're a newer rider riding a green broke young horse who I can figure probably 99% doesn't respect you. This is a great time of year to read books and watch dvd's and LEARN more about riding and horses in general.

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^ old topic don't ya think?

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shadower (2/17/2014)
^ old topic don't ya think?
it was about 6 topics down lol

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