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    09-13-2010, 03:14 PM
Speedy :) I love fast horses. I HATE HATE HATE having to kick the snot out of a horse to get them to canter. With Twiggy, it takes SO much leg and usually a smack or two before she'll canter. With Scooter, I just *think* about cantering and off we go

Although...having a steady horse is nice when gets to be a pain when you spend the entire course trying to keep your horse from taking off and galloping.
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    09-13-2010, 04:53 PM
Hmmmm...I'm not too "hot" on either extreme really, but I guess if I had to choose, I would prefer a plodder, as that can be 'trained' out of them alot easier than one that is really hot, and full of go all the time.
    09-13-2010, 05:02 PM
I've ridden both but sometimes I'm not in the mood for a plod lol. And speed tends to calm me down :)
    09-18-2010, 11:19 PM
With my normal equestrian riding I like a plodder.
Find it easy to drive them up to the bit and I find I am very effective at it/

However in ym trackwork riding I don't mind a hot horse because I find I can hold them back and relax on them more.

50/50 I guess with me?
    09-19-2010, 12:39 AM
Well had a horse for 2 and a half years now, which is as long as i've been riding. And boy is she a speed demon, I learnt on the horse that had no brakes so im used to it and I managed to work her into using the breaks every now and again haha.
I showjump and man does she know when we're in the instant jump-off. There's no breaks untill we're over the last jump, which is a decent thing I guess haha. But she's starting to slow down now, she is 25 afterall I don't blame her. She's still got it in her when she wants it though.
Im looking at a few horses and they all seem to be speed demons so that's me sorted :L
    10-04-2010, 01:08 AM
Speedy beast!! A least you know that they want to do the work than if they are really slow, they don't wanna. And you can slow a beast down easier than you can speed up a plodder! That's what I did with my speedy bum, and now she is perfect in the middle :)
    10-04-2010, 01:12 AM
Speedy beast! Well, speedy beast ONLY if they have good brakes. I like speed, but I also like living... so I find brakes pretty important!
    10-04-2010, 04:40 AM
I prefer the lazy plodders although I often seem to end up with the speedy beasts. Electric bum I think?
    10-04-2010, 09:04 AM
Originally Posted by juniormylove
With Scooter, I just *think* about cantering and off we go
Awesome! Your horse is telepathetic! Oops, I mean, telepathic!

Since I'm just so used to riding the speedy beasts, I definitely choose the speedy beast! Once I rode this REALLY lazy horse, and I was soooo out of breath just getting him into a canter....

I also love the thrill these fast horses give me, even though they can sometimes be a little dangerous if they don't want to stop. You could call me "Team Crazies" because somehow I always end up getting all the crazy horses and ponies. But I love it!
    10-04-2010, 10:29 AM
Sorry guys! Dope on a rope all the way for me. Returning to riding after a ten year break and it's very much a confidence boost when you have a nice steady ride that you can feel totally safe with. I don't by any means want a plod that you have to keep leg on just to walk at the slowest pace but a nice gentle walk it is for me at the moment who knows as my confidence grows a little things might change.

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