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Lazy Plod or Speedy Beast?

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        09-12-2010, 05:07 PM
      #11
    Banned
    Meh...i like the slow pokes. I'd much rather have a lazy horse give me a bit of speed than a speedy horse give me some lazy. To me, if a speedy horse is acting lazy...it usually means they are plotting!
         
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        09-12-2010, 05:34 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    I prefer happy medium!
    I agree :P
         
        09-12-2010, 06:01 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Speedy Beast all the way!
         
        09-12-2010, 06:08 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    Meh...i like the slow pokes. I'd much rather have a lazy horse give me a bit of speed than a speedy horse give me some lazy. To me, if a speedy horse is acting lazy...it usually means they are plotting!

    Now this I agree with, especially the last part

    I like a happy medium, one that will go slow if you want and get up and go if you want.
         
        09-13-2010, 10:25 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Happy medium.
    I've had too much expereience of horses that in the school are like a sack of potatoes, but out on a hack don't know the meaning of halt, and that trot doesn't mean canter lol.
         
        09-13-2010, 11:52 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Speedy beast. I've found it is MUCH easier to get the speedy beast to slow their booty down than to make the lazy horse WANT to go.
         
        09-13-2010, 12:15 PM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by kmdstar    
    Speedy beast. I've found it is MUCH easier to get the speedy beast to slow their booty down than to make the lazy horse WANT to go.
    Agreed. I like a horse with a good work ethic. That's the best way to describe what I like. One who knows a saddle means work, and will go all day if I need to.
         
        09-13-2010, 12:21 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Happy medium is perfect, but I've had both before and dealt with it accordingly. They were all enjoyable rides.

    I don't really care if they are slow or speedy as long as they've got a good attitude. I know a couple slow ones that get really freaking pissy if you start egging them on and will start bucking. I've also dealt with the speedy ones that start rearing/bucking when slowing them down.
         
        09-13-2010, 12:23 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I like the happy medium as well. I don't want a horse jiggin all over the place because I wanna walk and he wants to go, but I don't want a horse that gives my legs more of a work out than 3 hrs on a stair stepper. I like it when they know when to go and know when to whoa.
         
        09-13-2010, 02:32 PM
      #20
    Started
    I train for a happy medium; light off the leg but responsive to my "downshift" cue.

    If I had to pick an extreme to improve, though, it'd be the Speedy Beast. You can always channel that energy into something productive, and it's easier to get a good forward gait if you can get the SB to relax. A Lazy Plod doesn't have that starting energy, so I have to work to get to square one!
         

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