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post #1 of 2 Old 04-23-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Getting my horse into a trot

I have had my POA for about a month now, so far she is a AWESOME horse!! but, we have ran into a slight problem.. I cant get her to go into a trot while riding. While lunging she is a dream, all I have to do is make the " kissing" noise and she goes into a nice trot, slows back into a walk when I say "easy" and does this anytime I ask with out a problem. But while riding she walks off really nice but when I make the kissing noise and use my leg to move her into a trot... theres nothing lol she just keeps plodding along like I am not asking, I have not tried a crop yet or spurs, but I just dont understand why she does it so great lunging but while riding nothing?? Is there anything else I could do besides using a crop? And I am really worried since she wont trot easily, the canter is going to be a nightmare to try and get out of her!! BTW she has always been used as a trail horse, so plodding along is her style, but I want to see if I can start jumping.
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-24-2012, 07:49 AM
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Take her out into an open area like a nice stretch of a trail without rocks, etc. and ask for a trot. They're more likely to trot outside without arena holding them back.

Also have you tried asking with your legs further back on her barrel? Instead of at the girth, try behind it, or closer to her flanks. They're more sensitive there.

And if all else fails.. leg and crop! Refusing to do something is not a good start to your relationship as herd leader and horse.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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