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post #1 of 2 Old 01-30-2010, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Lazy Walk

when i ride Buzz he has the slowest walk imangable even when leading
I mean little 13hh ponys can overtake him
I can get him to walk faster but i have to squeeze every single stride and by the time i get to trotting/cantering (which he is fine) my legs are really sore
is there a way to make him more forward at the walk??
or is that just how he is
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-30-2010, 07:59 AM
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Are you just sqeezing with your legs (both legs at the same time for a second, then release), or are you actively encouraging him to be forward with your seat as well?

A visualization that works well for me is to pretend that the horse's ribcage is like a big 55 gallon drum (bear with me here ). Your legs are going to keep the drum swinging from side to side. When his ribs seem to swing to the right within his walk stride, "catch" him with your right leg and gently "send" the drum back to your left leg. Basically, you're encouraging the natural motion of the walk to continue a little faster. The "sending" motions of the legs also help me to feel the walk with my seat as well, and from there influence the speed of the walk.

Some horses are just pokey, but he can learn to stride out and speed up a bit when you ask. You'll probably never change him into a voluntary speed demon, but barring some physical reason he can't speed up, you should have "gears" at each gait.

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
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