Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
I know what you mean, and given the option... horses would love to eat grass all day long and sleep.
However, what you describe is respect... so yes, she is willing to work and go out and do things.
Whips and spurs are not evil. They are training aids. They should never be used to send a horse forward.. they are to refine aids and help with impulsion.
Not every horse is going to be as laid back as Vicky, no two horses are the same. It's nice to think of the freedom of riding bareback, but it's not everyone's goal. I found my youngster uncomfortable to ride bareback, and it threw him for six and he hated it too. My old round TB however was great at it.
There are many ways to skin a cat.
I would look in to back, teeth and possible ulcers. Your vet should be able to give you a brief over view of the teeth, but I would highly recommend an equine dentist who has trained past the four days vets do if he needs more than a basic rasp. If you wish to PM me your area, I can give you recommendations on all of this.
Are you here with the forces? I'm currently in Bielefeld.