My horse Moe is probably the definition of lazy. On trails he sort of pokes around no matter how much I ask him to move. My cue is squeezing with my legs then releasing when he walks off. But then sometimes I am left squeezing for a long time. The only time he hussles a bit was when we were heading home. I always have a rope tied to the saddle horn that I could motivate him with. (It is essentially a leadrope without a clip.) But if I do tick him with the rope I am slightly afraid he will jump into a walk rather than ease into it. I never tick him right away, I make the noise on my jacket then the saddle then get his butt. Then also I will release the moment he begins to move forward, but then he stops moving once I release. I finally built up the confidence to ride him out in the field and Don't want to ruin it by boring him or with him tossing me. I don't give him enough credit because he has come a long way and didn't even bite too much. Plus the way he is now he never really hints on going into a faster gait or throwing me, I am just a tad tenative; so I don't really want some one suggesting I gallop him across the field. If he gets good with walking I would be somewhat excited to trot him because his trot is almost as smooth as glass. But one step at a time.
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