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        02-16-2010, 11:05 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I had an App mare like this once. Other than what's been said and what you tried, I say Good Luck!! Lol Sorry. :( I'm like Gillian. I like horses with get-up-and-go.
         
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        02-16-2010, 11:11 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Haha good luck to you!
    I'm the exact opposite, I like horses that are a little lazier. I'm better at getting lazy horses to go.
         
        02-16-2010, 11:44 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I'm usually no problems with the lazy horses. I tend to have a bit of an electric backside, that can work to my advantage at times, but on the real hot ones I have a good time keeping them on the ground :S
    But this girl is just excessively lazy, I get no where when I ride her, she just will not move. It's not a case of she just wont go forward in walk and trot, she just will not move fullstop haha!
         
        02-17-2010, 12:06 AM
      #14
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    <snip> because she
    S quite happy to follow other horses, but on her own she will not budge!
    Well after everything you've tried, I second getting another horse to work with. If she will follow another, maybe it is partly a matter of getting her back in shape. If every ride for the next month is behind or with other horses at walk and trot, then wtc, you will get her energy level back up again I think. Once she doesn't feel miserable about waking up from the dead, it will probably be easier to accomplish movement when you work just with her.
         
        02-17-2010, 12:11 AM
      #15
    Started
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    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    Well after everything you've tried, I second getting another horse to work with. If she will follow another, maybe it is partly a matter of getting her back in shape. If every ride for the next month is behind or with other horses at walk and trot, then wtc, you will get her energy level back up again I think. Once she doesn't feel miserable about waking up from the dead, it will probably be easier to accomplish movement when you work just with her.
    Oh..I think that's a great idea.
         
        02-17-2010, 12:15 AM
      #16
    Trained
    Oh I didn't think of that one!! Might be worth a shot. Her paddock mate is ridden by an older lady, I'll see if she'd like to ride with me a few times a week. The horse is dead quiet and reasonably forward, so would be worth a go.
         
        02-17-2010, 05:10 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Lazy & Stubborn it sounds like. I have several riding companions that have horses with one or both "watch" or blue eyes. They aren't evil at all. I think that is an old wives tale. I had a very lazy horse and when he would not go forward, I would back him several steps. Stop him and then ask him to go forward again. If he refused, I'd back him further. In no time at all, he realized going forward is a lot easier than going backwards and a lot less work!

    Good luck.
         
        02-17-2010, 09:39 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Mygalsal, I don't believe a blue eye means an evil horse haha! I was just mucking around. I know plenty of them with a blue, one two blue, eyes and they are lovely. Just finding a laughable excuse for her being lazy :P

    Nah, backed this girl too. She will back around the whole around and not bat an eyelid. She also uses going backwards as her evasion to going forwards. I do not want to teach her to rear. By backing her she is simply getting out of going forwards and I don't work like that. The pressure goes on and does not come off until they take a step forwards.


    Spyder, I free lunged her last night. My god. This horse is frustrating! She didn't bat an eye lid at the lunge whip, didn't care in the slightest and just stood there looking grumpy.
    I ended up putting her in the round yard to getup her a bit. Got a little trot out of her then left it at that.

    Hounestly don't know if I can be stuffed putting the effort in to get her fit, she's a horrible horse to ride either way in that she just feel disgusting, and I'm keen to just have something to have a bit of fun on while I go through uni, not a little stress bomb of a thing! Will have a sit on her tonight and see what she's like. I can't ride with another horse more than once a week, as that is all the lady rides her horse and it is not at an agistment so there are not other horses around.
         
        02-17-2010, 11:36 PM
      #19
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    Originally Posted by Kayty    

    Spyder, I free lunged her last night. My god. This horse is frustrating! She didn't bat an eye lid at the lunge whip, didn't care in the slightest and just stood there looking grumpy.
    I ended up putting her in the round yard to getup her a bit. Got a little trot out of her then left it at that.

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    One of the few type horses that I would actually lay the whip on when lunging.

    I hope you weren't just waving the whip around?
         
        02-18-2010, 12:17 AM
      #20
    Trained
    Yep Spyder, for the first time ever I did get the whip up her. To no avail. I know how to free lunge, I've done it plenty for presenting young horses for sale, and know how to use the lunge whip. I ended up giving her a good flick over the backside with it, she kicked out, stepped forward and stopped again.

    She is a shocker to lead forward as well. I've been doing a bit of work on the ground with her, tapping her with the dressage whip when she won't walk forward. She will move, but nothing is in a rush, she certainly isn't the type to leap away from a whip! Everything is an effort with this horse.
         

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