If your unbalanced it won't work, I suggest spurs. Also every time the horse loses that tiny bit of forward movement in the canter, give it a kick and do it all the time. I think it's just laziness and riders letting it happen. My ex eventer was soooo lazy, I rode him in spurs, I would ask for canter, if he didn't listen to the squeeze then it was followed by a kick then a spur. He moves off tghe kick LOL but I have to keep asking him to maintain it. You get very strong legs!!! I bought another horse and I didn't realise it but I would ask him to canter like my other horse and he took off!! LOL
It's the art of finding what works. If the horse is that lazy then spurs or swhip or both. Sometimea just having it there is enough for the horse to listen. Some horses are too smart for their own good LOL[QUOTE]
I don't agree. First of all, spurs are NOT meant to kick with, you tap with them, then you kick if the horse is misbehaving badly. If you don't have the balance, and are unable to maintain a good seat (whether it be half-seat, 2 point, or dressage seat) spurs are definetly not a good idea anyway. You need to be able to keep your heels down, and your toes pointed in, and not grip with your legs. Some horses respond oddly with spurs too, and they just aren't an option. A crop would be okay, but make sure you are asking with your legs first. Please, before using crops/whips or spurs, make sure whatever is going on isn't from rider error. 95-99% of the time, anything that is going wrong is rider error, and spurring/whipping the horse will only make the horse more confused, and cause him to gain a bad temper or cause something to go wrong.
Eventing: the only sport where you wear your medical information strapped to your arm.