Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum!
My new horse, Boomer, has a lazy streak. When we are out on the trail with other horses he is fine but when it's just the two of us, he thinks he can plod along.
What has worked for me is two things. First is to exaggerate my upper body rhythm to his walk and the second is to use my spurs and bump him on the opposite side of his lead leg. As he is extending with his left front leg, I'll bump him on the right side and conversely when he extends with his right leg I'll bump his left side. If he gets real slow, I'll move him into a trot to wake him up then back to a walk.
I've had him for just short of 2 months and there is a marked improvement - but I ride several times per week so that helps.
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