Encouraging a faster response
My horse has always been kind of slow, it's not that she's lazy, she just does things at her own pace. I've finally managed to get her to walk at a respectable pace when leading, with some forward impulsion, but I'm having troubles translating this into under saddle work.
My main problem is when I ask for a walk from a standstill, or a trot from standstill or walk. She stops nice and fast, and backs up not slow, but I'm satisfied with her pace for now. Basically when I ask her forward, I count to three in my head, and it's usually at 3 and a half she gets moving. I want a snappier response, preferably in the 1-2 second range, and then for it to be smooth, not like she's dragging herself through a bog.
I really cannot think of anything to get this better. She knows to move off of my leg, and I get a slightly faster response with spurs, but I really do not want to be using spurs for her to go forward. Transitions don't seem to make much of an impact. I have carried a crop as well, but that has the same effect as the spurs.
Please help me!!! I ride her in a snaffle, and I'm starting her western. She is an otherwise good girl, once we get going she's alright (a little pokey, but I think if I fix this that will be solved as well), it's just this one thing! I will try anything, I'm open to it all, especially if I haven't tried it/a new twist on an old idea!