Disclaimer: Scroll all the way down to basic main problems if you don't feel like reading the below paragraphs. They just go into better detail of those problems.
Well my horse has been lazy since I bought her(which hasn't been too long at all) and the previous owner told me she was lazy.
But we have some serious respect problems. Like she'll just stop when I finally get her to a slowish trot and then (even with warnings - hitting air and ground with whip, clucking, lastly giving her a tap on the butt) and she'll crow hop, maybe buck a few times, throw her head low, but go off into a trot. Unfortunate thing is, she'll start coming in on me and just slow down. I feel like I'm beating her, but I don't touch her without giving her warnings for her to get moving. Idk it's just that I have to do it A LOT and it's just frustrating. And this is all with nothing, but a halter, lounge rope and whip, no saddle or anything.
When it comes to leading her, forget about it. She bullies and pushes anyone out of her way unless she's feeling super lazy that day. But I just give her a few warnings and maybe a tap with the lead rope and she'll wake up, but then she'll go right back to pushing me over.
I don't let her go, but the entire time it feels like I'm just constantly pulling her back and that can't be confortable for her and she gives me zero chances to give her release so she can learn "hm, maybe if I don't try and charge ahead of her maybe I'll get this annoying pressure off of me"
I talked to another girl at my stable who said something about a backing exercise where it's assert your dominance so I tried it. You stand a few feet away and gradually increase pressure with your lead rope on the halter until she backs a few steps, then you reward. First you jiggle the rope, then you intensify if she doesn't move, then you start stomping and commanding back if she doesn't. She does move, but not back wards. She always turns her head to the right and I just can't keep her in line for her to back up properly.
Oh and that's another thing. Whenever she DOES slightly lounge, she can only lounge to her left. She just looks dumbfounded when I try it from the right.
Also, can you help me with teaching her how to stop during a lounge? I can get her started, but I'm not sure how to make her stop. Let alone make her change sides (to the right)
Basic main problems....
-Stopping her from turning in on a lounge, getting her going and making her not so lazy.
- Stopping her from running me over while leading her. Getting her to respect my personal space, which she doesn't what so ever.
- Stopping her in a lounge, then switching her to her other side.
Thank you (: