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post #1 of 6 Old 01-09-2011, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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lazy horse?? what to do??

i have this mare at home who i am trying to trian for reining of cowhorse, she is good for planting her foot in a spin, slide stoping and roll back and all that she is just extremely slow, the only thiing she does fast it stop. i was wondering if any one could tell me how to get her more energized, she is alot more energetic from when i first started breaking her but she is still not where a would like her. any advice??
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-09-2011, 04:20 PM
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Need more info? Also rule out physical probs; body, saddle, teeth, bit, feet, for eg.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-10-2011, 04:35 PM
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Since I don't know her medical history, I can't give you any sure-fire way to get her going. I would recommend slowly switching feed to maybe a more energy/nutrition giving food. alfalfa etc.. I would also check for worms, it can cause horses to be slow and lethargic. If she is stabled she may have more energy, and be willing to move. Also being overweight can cause lethargy.
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she is up to date on all her shots and wormer, she is on the same feed as my barrel mare and she is really energetic especially on what she is getting now, her hooves are good she has no muscle or bone problems. she get regular excersize she just does not like to do much more then walk and tot and she will loap if asked but it can sometimes be a paint to keep her gonig.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-10-2011, 05:52 PM
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Perhaps it's a balance thing - either your/your saddle's balance or hers in faster gaits. That could be because she's young & inexperienced.

Have you first trained her on the ground, before asking her to do it under saddle? Perhaps she doesn't get it yet, it's not clear, she needs more reinforcement for getting stuff 'right'?...
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-10-2011, 06:48 PM
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I have the same problem with my 3 yr old gelding! We got him as a yearling and he was going to be my new cow pony. He is Half Arabian/Quarter and his whole top side is all cow lines. I was thinking with the hot blood of an Arabian and having all cow on the top side he was going to be what I wanted. He is so lazy and so slow that its not even funny! lol :) Its an act of congress to get him into a trot let a lone a lope. He knows how, and I understand he still needs to get his balance with a rider and so on. He has no fear of anything and I have done tons of ground work and driving with him. We went on his first trail ride last month with 4 other horses (all in there twenties, one being 29) and he was way in the back, I either had to get him to trot to keep up or they had to wait up! He is completly healthy, not lame, in perfect weight and current on all worming, and farrier work. He has had about 30 rides, and knows all the basics. Now I have started many colts and have had some lazy ones, but they will still move when you get after them. This guy no way, same speed.....SLOW and in no hurry to do anything! I'm about to just hand him over to my young kids, because at this point he is a fantastic kids horse prospect, lol!
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