11-16-2010, 08:25 PM
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I don't agree with kicking a horse on the ground, it just takes to much time. If a horse is really being lazy, carry a crop and give them a small tap on the side, one that stimulates your foot and they will start moving. I sometimes end up giving them a smack with my hand because I don't habe a crop, and they won't move.
See, I'm always afraid of hurting the horse, so I do research and find different means. Like with a nippy horse, I just curl my fingers, go at there mouth, and lightly dig them in, or scratch. OR I do it a bit harder on there shoulder. Where ever I can reach first, within the 3 seconds.(Cherry Hills book is amazing...my friend currently has mine)The finger curl worked wonders on the nippy horse I was riding for a while. And I didn't have to hit it.