Originally Posted by MaggiStar
She was constantly hanging on the side reins like trying to support herself but if they were off her she kept her head basically paralell to her body but she didnt have a decent powerful walk by any means. She is 100% healthy as she was vetted before she came to my yard. But how can you get a decent work out in walk, cause I don't want to move on to anything else without actually being able to work her decently.
Corino and MIE are sort of on the right track.
Without having a video ( it would help) I would say that while the obvious is a poor walk it really seems that the horse is just not on the aids or ignoring them.
As trainers we can only do so much with the walk and too many time direct work at the walk does more harm than good.
Corino's thought process with muscle build up is a good direction to go but there is also a balance issue here. MIE using the Pessoa system is also along a good track but I am not a fan of the system. The idea of something like it using just what you have in hand may be more workable for you.
So here is what I would do. Put the side reins on if you wish or use the bridle reins and work in hand with the horse. Your whip will take the place of the Pessoa hind end strap and I would be doing a lot of work LATERALLY on this horse. I would not be working directly at the walk but move the horse laterally... (shoulder in--leg yields- turns on the fore and hind). The thinking is that you will be able to drive better on the ground with the whip, get the balance issue worked on and you will over time build up muscle power. This will also help in the obedience area also.
After each lateral session I would encourage the horse to move forward vigorously after the lateral work and I would also aim the horse towards the exit door when you do this. Nothing like some incentive to walk more forward.
I would then (when the response gets better) do exactly the same when you are on her and again aim all your forward walks towards the exit door.