I have a 13 year old mare who I would like to ride and work with once a week, but she's just so lazy and unmotivated it's hard to get anything accomplished. I have another horse that I spend most of my time with, because he's got the talent and work ethic to get somewhere. Ever since I got him a year and a half ago she's been on the back burner. She had a foal last year do she was out of commission with him. Anyway, like I said, I would like to get in a weekly arena session with her. She's not really lazy in that when I squeeze she doesn't move forward, she just doesn't want to do anything. It'll get to the point, not long into a ride, where she'll decide she's done and trying to get her to do something after that is very hard. She's out of shape too, so that limits what I can do with her. She's had no proper training and all her life people have let her just do what she wants. So, any ideas on how I can get her more motivated, if only for a 30 min arena session? Any good exercises to help strengthen her a little bit and keep her working? I don't have a ton of time to spend with her, and as bad as this sounds don't really want to spend a lot of time with her because I've got a better horse that actually has a chance of really getting somewhere. So I'm just looking for simple, yet effective things to do with her. Thanks.
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