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    10-17-2012, 10:04 AM
  #1
Weanling
Lazy horse

I have a lazy horse. I don't mean just alittle lazy I mean very very lazy. No matter how we work her she is lazy. I have owner her since she was 1 and she is 4 now. She hates to lope and don't even want to work. Is there something you can do to make them less lazy?
She has no hurt. Checked it all out.
     
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    10-17-2012, 10:13 AM
  #2
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You checked her health, or is it vet/chiro/dentist/farrier/saddle fitter approved? And, may I ask, how old was she when you started riding her and how often do you do it?
     
    10-17-2012, 10:27 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
You checked her health, or is it vet/chiro/dentist/farrier/saddle fitter approved? And, may I ask, how old was she when you started riding her and how often do you do it?
I forgot to mention she is roping bred and built like a sherman tank.

All vet, chiro, dentist, farrier is fine . The saddle isnt a problem she is the same with every saddle (and I have tryed many many) or bareback pad.
The starting age could be a problem. I waited and she got started at 3 so that could be why she was lazy. I normaly start at 2 and they are all very energetic to go.
When we ride everyday she is just as lazy as if I give her time off and then ride. I have tryed everything, I can think of.
     
    10-17-2012, 10:45 AM
  #4
Started
Is she good on the ground? What are you asking her to do? Do you want her to be a roping horse? I don't think starting her at 3 as opposed to 2 would make a difference in this issue. The thought I think was actually if she was started at a young age and then worked hard she might be burned out on the riding idea.

I know a few horses that are just mellow. They go along happily at a walk and trot, they can canter but its not their first pace. These are often kids horses in riding programs or in therapeutic riding programs. They are unflappable. It might be that if she was always sort of lazy as a two year old, as a three year old as an older horse than she might just be an unflappable horse. Its also possible that this is a phase for a young horse. If its a long standing pattern that continues and she is medically okay than its just her personality. If she is mellow and unflappable than maybe her glory is not found in roping but in therapeutic riding program.
     
    10-17-2012, 11:15 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by rookie    
Is she good on the ground? What are you asking her to do? Do you want her to be a roping horse? I don't think starting her at 3 as opposed to 2 would make a difference in this issue. The thought I think was actually if she was started at a young age and then worked hard she might be burned out on the riding idea.

I know a few horses that are just mellow. They go along happily at a walk and trot, they can canter but its not their first pace. These are often kids horses in riding programs or in therapeutic riding programs. They are unflappable. It might be that if she was always sort of lazy as a two year old, as a three year old as an older horse than she might just be an unflappable horse. Its also possible that this is a phase for a young horse. If its a long standing pattern that continues and she is medically okay than its just her personality. If she is mellow and unflappable than maybe her glory is not found in roping but in therapeutic riding program.

I always tell people she wont spook she is to lazy. She hasnt been burned out. She will walk anywhere. I took it slow with her because she is to lazy. She hasnt even seen a cow yet. She is to lazy to even chase them.

Im so use to my cutting bred horses that all they want to do is go and work. This horse has me so confused.
     
    10-17-2012, 11:48 AM
  #6
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I agree to all what rookie said, and yes, that is what I meant - if she was started at a young age and then worked hard she might be burned out on the riding idea. If this is not the case, then it's good, of course.

If she is just mellow by character, you won't be able to change it with training. Not all horses are born to be ropers, cutters, jumpers or dressage prospects, even if their bloodlines and conformation fits the deal. This mare sounds like she'd be a great confidence builder for kids or, let's say, a driving horse for hobby level driving.
     
    10-17-2012, 11:55 AM
  #7
Foal
Do you ever wear spurs? Honestly if it were me, with the training I have had, I would make said horse move and go faster whether or not they liked it. I would put on some nice english spurs and if that didn't work I would try some a little meaner and if she didn't respond to spurs I would try a little whip.

And what do you feed her? If I really wanted her to go I would get her on some food that would make her real hot, like alfalfa or oats or corn.
     
    10-17-2012, 12:08 PM
  #8
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
She hasnt even seen a cow yet. She is to lazy to even chase them.
If you haven't tried her on cattle yet, you don't know that.

A friend has a very laid back horse. Typically YARDS behind us when we trail ride. Her lope almost makes her look like she is moving backwards.

Yet she is an outstanding ranch sorting horse.
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    10-17-2012, 12:46 PM
  #9
Foal
It might just be the horse. I own a "lazy" horse. Bred to be a rope horse. Even has Dash for Cash right on her papers. Unless there are cows in front of her you are hard pressed to get her out of a trot. After I purchased her, I could not get her to lope no matter what I did. I could not believe that this was the horse that had competed in penning at high levels prior to my purchasing her. Then I took her to a penning practice. I learned that she does not waste any energy until she has a job to do. Even competing on her (and I have won money, buckles, even a saddle) she literally plods into the arena, wakes up when the announcer says "flags up", does her job, then plods back out. But if you jerk on her face or kick her she will actually come to a complete stop, even in the middle of a run. She is what she is and I accept that about her. She is my top everyday ranch horse, my back up penning and sorting horse, and a family favorite for all ages and experience levels.
Try your horse on cows, who knows it might just be the right job. If not try something else.
     
    10-17-2012, 02:39 PM
  #10
Foal
I too have a lazy horse . Very good confidence bulider ,but she is "green" (doesn't know much ) . She is a Ranch/Working bred AQHA mare from SD . She is the LAST horse at the group rides . I mean YARDS back . Just plods around everywhere ,even in the pasture .

Put a cow in front of her and her ears pick up . Trailed a newborn calf that got into the horse pasture . Ears straight up , pace quickens , and is hot on it's trail . Got the calf back to his Mama . AND she isn't even started on cows yet! One time the horses got out into the cow pastures ,and she was doing something like a working cow pattern and cutting combined with a FEW cavles ! (My 3 yr old was doing the same with a yearling bull calf .)

Give her a job ,and she's the happiest horse around .
     

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