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    08-06-2008, 10:56 AM
  #1
Foal
Lazy Horse!

Sho... on my ride today,
My horse has become so lazy!!
My instructor rates he's bored of routine but this isn't the case as we always do different things.
My other horse is very forward and I prefer it more.
What should I do?
Spurs?
     
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    08-06-2008, 12:01 PM
  #2
Yearling
Do you take him on trail rides?
     
    08-06-2008, 12:35 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Could it be the heat? Mine are really s l o w these past few weeks; the heat and humidity are killing them! (of course, seing you're in SA, I don't know if it'd be hot there or not this time of year...hmmm)
     
    08-07-2008, 08:20 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by kickshaw
could it be the heat? Mine are really s l o w these past few weeks; the heat and humidity are killing them! (of course, seing you're in SA, I don't know if it'd be hot there or not this time of year...hmmm)
I live in the KZN midlands so it gets REALLY chilly now in winter but Spring is just around the corner. So could it be the change from cold to a more hotter climate.

He's also losing his winter coat... Would that hve anything to do with it???

And yes we do do outrides. Lol. To many! Our stables are situated in a game reserve so it's a real pleasure to ride among zebra, buck etc.
     
    08-09-2008, 02:35 AM
  #5
Started
I should duck before saying this but my instrucer will not let me where spurs.."it's a last ditch attempt for a ill trained horse" my mare can be a speed ball one day and lazzy then next day depending on what her and my mood is and what the weather is like out side
     
    08-09-2008, 04:02 AM
  #6
Foal
Maybe I should put his feed up?
     
    08-09-2008, 07:07 AM
  #7
Yearling
Well, I ride lazy old school horses who are used to judging the rider and then doing as little as possible. So my instructors have taught me how to get the horse's attention and tell him, "You are working today, you are listening to me!" as soon as I get on. I don't know how much of this would apply to your horse, but there might be something here to help! They can get bored, even if it doesn't seem like you're doing the same thing over and over. The moment I start on something that isn't total beginner stuff - the minute I do a figure-eight, or he sees a pole, or in my last lesson, we tried leg yielding - the horse is suddenly much more forward and engaged.

I always do lots of transition work at the start of my lesson, before moving on to what else I'm doing that day. Transitions force the horse to pay attention to you as they can't predict what's coming next.

I also have to be very clear about making him listen to my aids, because with a total beginner on his back he can get away with ignoring them, but I have to say, "That's not me, I am making you pay attention!" First I use a squeeze, and if I don't get a big clear response, I immediately kick. If I don't get a good enough response from that, I immediately use my crop or whip, combined with my leg. If riding with a short crop, I turn it round in my hand so I can give a good hard whack as I'm a weakling, but more often I ride with a schooling whip as that's long enough to let me keep my hand on the reins. Dressage whips aren't quite long enough for me to do that xD

He usually picks up on what I want from him within one or two uses of the crop, but if he's in a lazy mood my instructor keeps me doing transitions, circles, changing the rein, to show that he can't escape this stuff by being lazy. And then he behaves and is wonderful and makes me feel like a good rider :)

It may be something to do with his feed or the weather, but try doing lots of things to keep his attention on you so that he's engaged, willing and forward.
     

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