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post #1 of 9 Old 08-20-2008, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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lazy lazy horse!

here is some background. Ben is my 8 year old TB who I got in november. This summer Ben has become very lazy. He is not very willing to trot forward, and he gets even slower when I ask him to bend into the bridle. Yes we have had some hot days (around the 80s) but even today it was a lot cooler and he was still lazy. I have tried lots of different things-doing more circles and figure eights, leg yields, stuff to get him into it, I have also used my seat a lot. Recently I have just been using a crop. If I just pick it up and hold it while riding he moves forward much much better. The thing is I don't want him to become whip dependant.. any sugguestions??
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-20-2008, 02:06 AM
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What about changing his diet so that he has more energy to burn? If you are already feeding a high energy diet then scratch what I said.;)
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-20-2008, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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he was getting alfalfa 3 times a day earlier this month (he was still lazy !!) and grain (just enough to mix with his supplements) and now he is getting timothy grass mix and his grain with supplements. He was put on the grass Sunday, so I don't think it is the diet... plus I can't really fix his diet because I board
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I think you're right not wanting to let Ben get whip dependent. What I would do is practice getting him to move of the leg as responsively as you can while you are carrying the whip so he gets used to moving of on slight pressure. Then start doing the first half of your ride with a whip then gradually stop using it towards the end. After a while he may get used to just moving of that he forgets about the whip. If he is not being responsive demand that he is, with a tap from a whip or whatever you chose to do. Continuse kicking or heavy use from the legs often makes the situation worse as they just grow used to it.

Good luck!
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thanks for the sugguestion. I will try that today. Usually I don't even have to touch him with the whip, he just gets his butt in gear from me holding it! Haha but I still don't want to rely on that.

Thanks all! If anyone has anymore ideas, keep them coming!
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I ride a very lazy draft mare. Because she is not mine I cannot change her diet, since that is the main problem concerning her energy but I think I may have something to help.

My trainer taught me a ask, tell, demand, kind of training.
First you ask: maybe a squeeze and a kiss
Then you tell: A kick
Then you demand: Make it happen and back it up with a whip.
The problem is if you keep asking and asking they are going to get irritated but if you demand every time then they are going to become dependent or just angry and irritated.
What I would suggest is ask, tell, demand, and once you find a forward trot, let him walk. Then he will see that if he does what you ask he will be rewarded with not having to work as hard. Its going to take a lot of work but you should really try making lots of transitions. Walk, trot, walk, trot. But every time he gives you a good trot, let him walk.
Good Luck!!

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ArabianAmor- I like that one, its very useful advice.
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ArabianAmor- I like that one, its very useful advice.
Thanks!! :)

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-20-2008, 11:52 PM
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Perhaps he is just bored with his job.

Give him a change a scenery. Instead of bringing him into the pen to work, take him for a walk down the road.
New sights, new smells... it might be enough to get him excited about being rode again.

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