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    02-27-2010, 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by Jubilee    
I'll say it again... LAZY. All horses are essentially lazy animals, that doesn't mean they are slow pokes, it means they want to get out of work and will express this fact in different ways.
People just love to label, don't they?

Horse's aren't lazy. Never met one, never owned one, and I've been involved in thousands of horses over the years, of various ages, breeds, etc...

They can 'appear' lazy when they don't understand what's being ask of them. When they're sore, lame and in pain. When they're being asked to do something they can't physically do. When the relationship between them and their human is lacking. When they're turned into automatons with mind-numbing repetition. When there's inconsistency in training/riding. When they're being managed poorly.

But it's only an appearance. It's not real. But it's a fine excuse for the people to use.

I assure you, not one of my horses wants to get out of work. They thrive on it, the stimulation of mind, body and soul. To have a purpose, a motivation, and a rewarding partnership where the utmost respect and trust is demonstrated.
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    02-27-2010, 11:08 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
He isn't a lazy horse, but he will use new things he's learned to mess with my head and get out of working. He's a bit silly that way. Guess we have one of those rider/horse "conversations" coming up. (hee hee).
He's not messing with your head, nor trying to get out of work. He's simply responding to the environment you've provided. Change it, and he will change too.
    03-02-2010, 08:13 PM
I would say there are lazy horses, just as there are lazy people....but definitely most are NOT lazy...although we can make them that way I.e. Lesson horses who are sick of the same boring routine day after day....horses who are being overworked....etc.

Those ones who ARE lazy....fine...they're lazy. But that doesn't mean all horses are!!! I know some lazy horse people...but certainly most of us are not! I know lazy kids and lazy women and lazy men too, but that doesn't mean they all are.
    03-02-2010, 09:27 PM
Please ladies, this isn't about a lazy horse. It's just a horse that had to go sideways for 3 long months. Today we finally got a mild day and nice dry ring. We went FORWARD!!! We just kept trotting and cantering around like a pair of idiots. Both me and horsey went perfectly straight with plenty of impulsion and had a blast. Problem solved. Lesson learned, too much of anything is not productive.
    03-09-2010, 06:30 PM
Haha, you're right....I just felt the need to point out that we shouldn't assume a horse is lazy. :p Good to hear things have improved!
    03-10-2010, 11:17 AM
A couple of things:
1.) Mercedes (I think?) stated your problem is forward. They are correct. If he "bulges" when you apply leg aides for forward you can try one of 2 things: either use your SEAT to push him forward (pulse it like your legs being careful NOT to keep it "on" all the time) OR a whip behind your leg. When I ride less experienced horses into he arena I ask for a "mini" trot lengthening going towards "X" so horse stays straight.
2.) Taking your legs off creates a problem - instead BOTH legs needs to rest along his side equally and act like "walls". If he tries to move his butt left your left leg is hanging there "preventing" him from moving his barrel/butt left, NOT pushing, just blocking.
    03-10-2010, 07:14 PM
Thanks Valentina, but as I said in an above post, the problem is long gone. If anything, it translated into a fabulous conversation between me and Puck. Now that we're back to regular riding complete with trotting, cantering and jumping, the forward is back big time, and he's become so sensitive to my seat, I can straighten or tweak his path with the most minimal adjustments in my weight and seat. It's fantastic.

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