Can a lazy horse be trained to be responsive?
We looked at a very nicely mannered calm horse yesterday. She is mellow and slow, a bit too slow. She moved forward ok at the walk, although a little slow, but she required a bit of effort to get her to trot and stay trotting. The teen riding her had to use her leg quite a bit and my daughter had to used both her tiny bump spurs and a dressage whip along with lots of squeezing to keep her going. My daughter was able to get her to canter but her default gears seem to be walk-stop :) We are looking for a horse that is kids/beginner safe (daughter is kid, I'm the begginer) so she has the right temperment, but we would like her to be a bit more responsive. Is this possible to train for or are some horses just plodders and they will always need multiple kicks and pushing?