Lack of Forward Motion?

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    06-06-2011, 11:55 AM
Lack of Forward Motion?

I've been working with a horse for a few months, and I've just started him under saddle.

He listens pretty well, but we're having some issues with forward motion. He seems really hesitant, and I can't seem to move him forward very well.

I've tried using a little more leg, voice commands, and even tried riding with a crop, but he's still not getting the forward motion that I want.

Any ideas??
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    06-06-2011, 12:21 PM
I'm interested to know how you are riding him. Are you blocking his front end from opening up? Are you using your seat?

Also, could it be the saddle? An ill fitted saddle can cause this outcome as well, horses not willing to move forward because it hurts, or puts pressure or is blocking the ability.
    06-06-2011, 01:34 PM
If he's just been started, make sure you aren't subconsciously keeping contact with the bit like you would a broke horse. For a newbie, they don't understand to go forward if there is pressure on the bit.

Make sure you are starting with the lightest cue first and then building up. Starting with either a voice cue or a gentle squeeze with your calves. If there is no response, build upon that with a harder squeeze, then kick, then crop or reins for an over-and-under. When he responds and moves forward the tiniest bit, release any pressure and reward.
    06-07-2011, 07:18 AM
Does he go forward on the lunge?
    06-07-2011, 09:18 AM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Does he go forward on the lunge?
Usually. Sometimes I have to cue him forward a lot with the lunge whip, but he stays pretty forward.
    06-08-2011, 06:16 AM
Usually isn't good enough ;) He's got to go forward and stay forward. If you're having to continually ask him to go with the whip, he's starting to use it as a crutch and really you don't have much of a go button at all. If the go isn't there on the lunge it won't be there under saddle.

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