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post #11 of 17 Old 04-25-2012, 06:39 PM
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I am not a bold rider, but I still want a horse with more go than whoa. it's easier to "shape" more go into something produtive and enjoyable, than try to convince a horse with more whoa that it's worth his effort to go faster.
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post #12 of 17 Old 04-25-2012, 06:44 PM
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I'd rather have a horse that doesn't slow down. I've ridden horses who are lazy beyond comprehension and it is the most frusterating thing EVER. Although sometimes my horse doesn't want to slow down wich frusterates me too.

So, can I choose neither? :p

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post #13 of 17 Old 04-25-2012, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by oh vair oh View Post
I also like it when my horses take their time thinking about my cues
I'd give up riding if I had to ride horses like that.
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-25-2012, 11:52 PM
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I'd give up riding if I had to ride horses like that.
Mildot she's describing a green horse :P Put me on a plonker, or a bolter. I don't care, I'm not giving up riding!

My horse is definitely go go go go go go and go some more. I've taught him to slow down (I know, bad for Dressage but he ran without a brain) so now that he's put together slow.. I ask him for more go and he happily obliges ;)

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post #15 of 17 Old 04-25-2012, 11:57 PM
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I guess it depends on what I'm doing.

For barrels....I'd rather have one with a lot of go than push style. I've ridden push style barrel horses my whole life, with only ONE free runner, and the free running type is my absolute favorite.

For reining or performance, I'd prefer them harder to speed up. I can teach them to go faster provided they are actually physically capable. I never thought I'd be turning Selena into a barrel horse. She used to potentially be the SLOWEST, LAZIEST horse alive. No she's catty, responsive, and loves her job and loves to run!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #16 of 17 Old 04-26-2012, 12:30 AM
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I like my horses on the speedy side.
When I touch with my heel, they had better be moving.
My mare right now is perfect. I don't have to kick to go, or squeeze for that matter, just a cluck and a little shift in my seat and we pick up a gear.
She does get a little fired up, but I have no problem controlling her (light rein, soft leg cues) when she get's hot, and I ride her in a plain snaffle. I love it when I can let her stretch out a bit into a hand gallop and bring her right back down with minimal effort. I don't like having to force a horse to stretch out.
I'm blessed with 2, probably 3, mares that have a ton of forward, but are never out of control.
I have issues with horses with no desire to go. We don't get along.
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-26-2012, 01:51 AM
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Slow down. The horse I lease right now is really lazy and it bother the heck out of me.
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