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post #1 of 6 Old 07-02-2008, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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lazy horse!

Well the topic kinda explains it! I have an 8yo mare who is extremely dead to the leg. I need some suggestions to smarten her up a bit. I have used a crop to reinforce leg aids which hasn't made a huge amount of difference. I'd welcome any suggestions!

I think her problem is that she's very calm and laid back *sigh* but still, she should be more obedient to the leg than she is...

Oh, and I do mostly trail-riding with her with some dressage and jumping on occaisions.

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-02-2008, 09:26 AM
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Hmm, I'm sure this will spark a debate.

For lazy, mellow horses that don't respect my leg, I will use spurs. Not to "harpoon" them, but to nudge or lightly bump them. It's uncomfortable enough they don't want to lean into the pressure and after they "lighten up" I always go back to using my calf instead of the spur. The spur is just a back up cue. And I don't just jab them in the side. I roll the rowel up their side, it more or less tickles them and that is what makes them get off the pressure. If someone tickles your ribs, it doesn't hurt but you instinctively move your ribs away from it. Then if you see the "tickle fingers" coming at you again, you generally move before they get there, right?

So the spurs, if you give a fair cue before hand, and need to use them, make them mindful of the "tickle fingers" coming and move away, and you dont' have to keep using the spur everytime. It works very well for me and my horses don't sour up to spurs or wring their tails.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-02-2008, 03:43 PM
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I agree with barefoothooves. One of my neighbors older more experienced show horses needed a duller plain spur to get him moving a little more. They don't have to be big honking ones...just something that will cause a change in the horses foward motion for the better.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-02-2008, 03:48 PM
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I have a similar problem with Willy...he's just lazy sometimes. I purchased some soft touch roller spurs. I haven't used them yet, but I intentionally got "nice" ones to ensure that he doesn't get jabbed too hard- because he's a good boy!

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-03-2008, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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You reckon I should use spurs? Hmmm I don't disagree that they might be a good idea... just that she's never had spurs used on her before. I know that for a fact because I broke her in and she's been my horse ever since. Is it likely she'll freak out about the spurs? Or do you think she'll be ok so long as I use them wisely?

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-03-2008, 07:48 AM
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Well, usually the horses that are going to react badly to spurs are the overly senstive types or ones that have been abused by them before.

Since we're talking about a lazyness problem, I doubt she's "overly sensitive" and you know there's no history of abuse with them.

Pretty much, if you can stand on the ground and ask her to move her hindquarters over and use the handle of a hoof pick or a finger to nudge like you would with a spur, and she doesn't jump/kick, you'll probably be fine in the saddle. It's really just a back up aid, and she'll have warning before you use it (calf pressure progressing down to the heel). Just remember to NOT accidentally spur her by clamping down with your heels if she does jump forward or move out quickly (the first few nudges generally get the strongest reaction because it's new).

With proper use, I doubt you'll see any problems.
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