Hey Endiku my understanding is more on the back of the Horse. I am no expert but it sounds like a propulsion issue. You are right with reinforcing with your aids i.e. whip,reins,even voice however you need get after them hard then go back to nice that is how you get consistency with little aid. Sadly training is all based on fear. If i do this i wont get hit. You do not want to desensitize them to much to those aids either, being too nice with them will do that. Conditioning is a important part of it too that is probably why he cannot hold it for long periods of time. I could go on forever but Goodluck
I'm very sorry Harris (welcome to the forum by the way) but I'd have to disagree. I don't really see how going after her roughly is going to do much good, especially with as...quirky as she is. She's got quite the story behind her (you can read it in her bio. Just click my 'horses' page below my signature) and has had a lot of rough handling in her past. She tends to get very nervouse and not pay attention at all if I'm anything less than calm and gentle with what I do.
That isn't to say I won't correct her harshly if she gets out of line. Just like with any other horse, if she were to turn her butt at me or try to nip- she'd get a nice beating. I don't allow an animal to walk all over me. However, with something like this, I feel like there's a better solution than whacking her into a faster trot, which is off-balance and crazy to control. Especially since she really doesn't even seem to realize she's slowing down or speeding up. I guess I'm just looking for a way to rate her. She responds to me asking her to go faster in the first place, she just doesn't maintain it.
Sadly training is all based on fear
No, training is based on respect. A real horseman can get his animal to do what he wants souly out of ethic and respect. I've never met a reliable, well trained horse that was trained through fear in my life. My horses respect my whip, and realize that it can
whack them, and it will sting, but they also understand that I am not going to whack them just because they don't get what I'm asking, or they messed up. I can scratch my horses backs with my whip, flick around their faces, rub their bellies, or dance around with it in the air- but as soon as I give a flick behind them and pair it with a voice command, they're all business, because they know I'm the boss and that I will
get my way, one way or another ;)
As for the conditioning, I guess it's possible that she still isn't good enough condition. I lunge her (25' line, in order to keep the strain off of her tendons) two to three times a week at a walk for five minutes, trot for ten minutes, and an occasional canter for one to two minutes, with a lot of switching of directions. The trot work is sometimes done in side-reins, and in a bridle/halter combo. Maybe I should be doing more?
Maybe she would benifit from some ground pole work. That way I could get her to put some thought into where her feet are, and perhaps from there get her to keep pace since the poles would be spaced evenly. Is there in relevance in that idea?