Originally Posted by jackboy
Please don't tKe this wrong just wondering since your the trainer shouldn't you know how to do something as basic as getting a horse to move as far as price goes it's up to you
My thought, too :(
My young horses learn verbal cues ("whoa", "walk on", cluck to trot, kiss to canter) well before they are ridden. The first ride or two, a gentle leg squeeze with "walk on", active driving with my seat, and gently pulling the head to the side should be enough to get at least a sideways step or two. After a few attempts, most will make the association that those cues mean move, and you can request more and more steps and gradually eliminate the sideways pull, although I like to keep the horse in a smallish circle until I know I have brakes. I'm confused why anyone would use a whip to get movement on a first ride - seems a good way to sour the horse to the idea of being ridden! I want that first ride to be as easy and pleasant an experience as I can make it, to make the next steps easier on both of us.
A few rides in, when I know the horse understands what I'm asking but he chooses not to respond, I may use the free end of my split reins (I've never felt compelled to carry a whip.) But, you have to give him a chance to figure out what you are asking before you punish him for not responding. Regardless, if you DO opt for a whip/rein swat, be prepared in case the youngster blows up in response.