I rode a little today... not far, only about two miles. I had both of my horses with me... bareback, just halters. It started out, I was just walking with them, but decided to ride back home because I was tired.
Anyway, it seems like my gelding has no... energy. He's just sluggish-like... When I ride my mare, even at a walk, I can 'feel' her energy... she's willing to go faster, just enegetic-feeling... She'll take off full out if I ask, but if I just wanna walk, she's willing, but I can still feel that energy.
The horse I learned to ride on... he was getting older when I started riding him, but he was like my mare... just a bundle of energy, even at a walk... I could just 'feel' it.
With my gelding, the energy isn't there... It's strange... He's willing to walk, trot, or canter and the gallop when we go that fast... but it's almost like he would rather just walk slowly and laze around. It takes a bit to encourage him to pick up his pace, and he doesn't really keep a faster pace (fast walk/trot/canter) unless I'm pushing him constantly. I don't like to kick him to make him keep it up, because we're working on leg and seat cues... and I've used spurs once, and they helped a bit with keeping his paces steady and faster, but I'd rather not use them unless I positively have to.
I read somewhere that a rider should 'ride positively'... but I'm not sure what exactly that meant... can anyone shed some light on this and give a bit of advice on how to get my boy more energetic...? My gelding will be four come March... he's a trail horse, but I'd like him to show some of his dam's competitiveness...
His dam likes to be out in front and loves to race... my gelding doesn't care where he is in line' and hardly breaks out of a canter when all the other horses gallop off and literally leave him in the dust... most of the time, he slows back to a walk or trot when they leave him... he just dosn't seem to care...and while I like that he doesn't get all antsy, I'd love for him to have a little more spirit.