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post #1 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Lazy horse

One of my horses is a 6 y/o mustang gelding who, up until now, has mainly been just been ridden on the trails. However I have discovered he can jump - I have seen him jump in the pasture and we have jumped logs and natural obstacles on the trails. The problem is that, under saddle, he is the LAZIEST horse I have EVER encountered - he is getting slightly better with consistent work but I am wondering, can a lazy horse ever really do well in Eventing? He is one of the most athletic and most well put together horses I have seen in a long time, but he has absolutely no work ethic whatsoever. The other pony I've been working with is the complete opposite - he can be a hot mess at times but he LOVES to jump. My siblingseEvent their horses and they are pretty much the same way - with tons of spirit and go. Is there any hope for my lazy horse? :)

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 04:26 PM
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With conditioning you will find he won't be as lazy. Just like a person when they first start working out, in the beginning they find it very difficult and would probably rather be sitting on the couch. After a routine of building muscle & cardio, they have much more energy and want to do more, endorphins kick in and they crave that rush from exercise, same with horses.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks waresbear! That makes sense!:)
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 08:21 PM
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My horse can be very lazy too but I try to just keep pushing her. The more work she gets the better. Sometimes if it gets to bad, I carry a quirt and just rub it on her neck dont hit her, just her knowing its there is enough. Im having the most trouble with breaking her of the realllly slow walk which I think is a result of laziness. I know young horses can do that but I feel like since she is 7 she should be starting to take bigger steps... If anyone knows anything I can do to help that Id love to hear some advice!

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