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    08-13-2013, 07:03 PM
Getting my horse more forward?

My mare is 10 years old we do low level eventing and 1.05m showjumping classes, my problem she is super lazy when doing dressage and in showjumping, I find it difficult to get a forward stride in show jumping with her and I waste a lot of energy getting her going, She is not lazy AT ALL when doing cross country she has to be held back!! How can I get her more forward when doing the dressage and showjumping,
She gets fed 3.0KG of red mills cool and cooked with vitamins and supplements I add everyday along with grazing
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    08-13-2013, 10:46 PM
When schooling use a whip to enforce your leg aid.

Ask for forward once lightly... If she responds with forward, don't ask again unless she slacks off again. No response?
Ask for it again a bit firmer... as soon as you get the forward response, don't ask until you need more forward. No response?
Ask for forward and light tap with the whip to back up your leg aid. She should respond immediately.

If you have a horse like mine that is whip shy *the laziest OTTB in creation*, try using spurs (only if you have a stable lower leg!) with the same method.
Ask for forward once nicely, ask again a little more firmly and then use spurs as a last resort.

Your ultimate goal should be to not need the training aid. You want responsive and to not have to nag with your leg to keep going. :)

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