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post #1 of 5 Old 01-09-2008, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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How to keep a Poky Horse moving?

Hi All,
My horse always feels on the verge of stopping when at the walk and canter. I've used spurs, gently, and slap my saddle for the sound but it only helps for 10 steps. However she does this alot more going out than coming back..Thanks ,Kim
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-09-2008, 04:01 PM
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hehe sometimes those things just don't work a nice slap on the rump with your whip might help and if she starts to slow down do it again.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-09-2008, 04:21 PM
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My hors is very poky too i get me over & under after him and he is like a sot if lightening after that LOL :) i also use spurs too but i saw u said u have alreadsy udsed them

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-09-2008, 11:30 PM
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Well I would ditch the spurs. Spurs shouldn't be used to get a horse to go faster.

Here is an article that will help you.

Horse Won't Go
A common question I hear is what to do about the horse who doesn't want to go; he's dull, lazy, stubborn... and other creative words people use!

I like to examine all horse behaviors by categories. If you think of an engine having three systems; air, fuel, fire, you know that if any one of these systems is not working, the entire engine will not operate properly.

Horses also have three systems that operate in a specific order; the RESPECT system, the IMPULSION system, and the FLEXION system.

Therefore, if there's a problem in the second system, IMPULSION (won't go), look for the problem in the first system, RESPECT. I'll save FLEXION for later.

Getting the "go" right
Most people are told to kick a horse to go, which is ridiculous when you think about it from a horse's point of view. Imagine if you were kicked in the ribs on the way to the dance floor... what would your attitude be towards that dance partner? Would you even want to go?

By using four distinct phases of polite assertiveness, the horse can quickly become a willing partner; happy to take our lead to the dance floor.

Phase 1 Smile with all your cheeks! Take a long focus, stretch your hand out in front of you with the reins, and tighten your cheeks. If the horse has not moved forward from this suggestion, continue through the phases and be ready to release as soon as there's forward movement.

Phase 2 Squeeze with your legs, starting at the top, then all the way down to your heels (turn your toes outward to make smooth contact). This is not a strong squeeze. If you are straining or getting cramps, it's too strong! Remember, a horse can feel a fly land on him.

Phase 3 Smooch while holding the squeeze, do not let go with your legs.

Phase 4 Spank. Start by spanking yourself lightly slap your shoulders from side to side with the end of a rope (like the 12' Lead section of the Horseman's Reins on the Natural Hackamore).

Allow the rope to grow longer and keep up the flapping rhythm until it starts touching your horse on the sides of his hindquarters, letting it get progressively stronger if he has not responded.

The moment your horse responds, release your legs, quit spanking, and keep smiling. If he stops or slows, repeat the phases again. Always begin with Phase 1.

Common Mistakes
Probably the most common mistake is kicking out of habit, quickly losing whatever respect you just earned, so really keep a watch out for this.

Another mistake is to keep squeezing and/or spanking after the horse has made the effort to go forward. This feels unfair and confuses the horse because they don't know what the right behavior is.

Be sure to put slack in the reins. It's a common habit to put contact in the reins when the horse goes forward. This is sometimes enough to confuse a horse trying to do the right thing.

Begin each time at Phase 1 and be prepared to go to Phase 4.
Finally, be sure there's enough 'life' in your body when you ride. Think about how fast you want your horse to go and bring up enough life in your body to stimulate that... then let the squeezing, smooching and spanking support it. Your horse will learn very quickly how to get in tune with you.

I can guarantee that just reading about this will not fix the problem. Go out and play with your horse. I'll bet you'll both find a new level of respect and communication for each other. Happy dancing!
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-10-2008, 12:16 AM
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It could be that she just doesn't have respect for your leg. If you don't reinforce your leg aids each time you use them.. it becomes easier for horses to ignore them. Horses who are considered "deadsided" usually feel every little muscle twitch from the person riding them, they just choose to ignore it because they've been allowed to. The order in which you are supposed to use your aids is voice-leg-artificial (spur/whip).

I would start by asking your horse to trot on or kissing to it, if she ignores you squeeze with your leg, if she ignores that give her a smack on the rear with the crop. Keep going in this pattern each day, eventually (hopefully) you will notice her moving forward before the smack (at the squeeze of legs).. end then eventually just at the voice. I would take the spurs off until you have the sensitivity you need from her.

If you want proof, my horse is pretty sensitive at the sides.. It generally doesn't take much to get him going (if any contact at all). He is practically trained on the inside rein for the canter (you barely need to nudge him with your outside leg..).. He is used for lessons with little kids who ride him english or western.. He'll trot easily enough for them, but ignores every effort they make trying to get him to move along. For the large part its a good thing, since he trots/jogs nice and gently and gives them a bit of a challenge trying to get him to canter. He can feel them kicking and hear them asking him to move along, he just chooses to ignore them because there's no consequence. He knows if he ignores my voice or leg, he'll get a tap on the rear.

The use of the crop should only be after you've asked them to canter using your voice and signaled using leg/rein aid. It should be hard enough to get the message across (if they canter right away, its probably good) but shouldn't be too hard (if they kick/buck or pin their ears it might be a sign of pain.. especially if they are otherwise tolerant of the whip)..

That's my opinion.
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