Horse with a very lazy trot! - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 6 Old 04-13-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Horse with a very lazy trot!

I have a QH mare that's an excellent horse. She's super responsive during riding and she's a bit spirited at times. She has a million different walking and cantering speeds... but her trot...
She will trot without a problem but it's almost as if she's dragging her body behind her. If that makes since. She won't pick up her legs/hooves, she just drags them along, sometimes causing herself to trip.
Is there any way I can correct this?
(she even does it while lunging)
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-13-2013, 03:31 PM
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I would check the way her feet are trimmed. And then work on getting her soft and collected so instead of dragging herself she is engaging it. These help one of my geldings.
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I agree with Ethan, however, I would not concern myself one bit with collection, without having good forward impulsion first.

I am going to make a wild guess that she may have been trained WP, and has had it been drilled into her head, "trot slow", and this by having the rein snapped every time she raised her head a little, and thus the rider assumed she/he was "collecting" her. Actually, such activity was only dampening down the energy that the rider would require for collection. She has then developed the way of going where all her energy is dampened down to the point where she has no suspension at all during the trot, and it becomes a "shuffle".

I would completely give her her head and ask her to trot out. If she canters, bring her back to a trot, but then if she dies out , ask for more. Keep asking for more, but only shtting her down if she canters. Eventually , she'll figure out you want a good fast trot. Post the trot, if you can, as this will encourage a bigger trot from her.

Once you get more forward, you might get a bit more contact on the bit and move her hind end under her and toward the bridle (collection), but not until she is honestly forward.
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Sounds like your leg needs some reinforcement. Anebel posted some advice to get a horse that's generally slow to move out.

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What I think is going to benefit you the most is shortening your reins a good 8" each, and then pressing your hands forwards and towards the withers. On a horse who is so behind the leg and tends towards on the forehand, the hand needs to be extremely passive, pressed forward and never used in a backwards fashion.
From there, really ride the horse forward into a working trot. If you are sitting, your abs should be burning. If you are rising it should be at a far quicker pace than what you are accustomed to. The trot you are riding now resembles more of a jog, and with the length of rein, how much you fuss with your hands and how little leg you are using, the horse is falling further and further behind you. You can see, every time the horse tosses her head, your elbows come out and back and then you are pulling. That is riding front to back. Back to front riding dictates that is the point at which the hands soften forward and you kick the horse forward.
What I like to do is tickle with a whip just behind my leg in tandem with my leg aids. Really get them to move forward, before you refine them.

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Hehehe sorry! I just really liked how you worded that post. Could have used it back when I was riding a mare that would move slower than a tortoise.

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