Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: State College, PA
I agree that a buggy whip, that has a short tail and can get a little sting is best. It will allow you to be far enough away to ignore her kicking out and just keep applying increasing pressure until she moves. Don't worry about trotting and cantering, that will come. You tap, smack, etc hard enough to get her to move away from you. At first that might be one step. Also don't just let her dance around. Don't back off an reward until she actually goes FORWARD. Too many people get into this situation and allow their horses to cheat by moving sideways, dancing around or my personal favorite backing up. This is counter productive and bad. Get big, get loud, get mean if you have to but make her realize she has one choice and one choice only and that is to go forward. Once that is established you can start adding speed but it's not a matter of her not being able to trot or canter it's a matter of her being totally unwilling to do it. Once you get her moving off your whip, then your voice she will pick up the pace naturally after you've established that you're running the show.