Originally Posted by Vidaloco
My husbands mare Sassafras (Fras for short) is very lazy. He carries a quirt with him and just twirls it as his "tell" cue and will pop her with it as his "insist" cue. You don't have to have anything fancy like his quirts, a piece of leather or rope works just as good. Sometimes just kissing or squeezing the legs isn't enough.
Look at your cues as the increase in pressure. Kiss to "ask", squeeze legs for "tell" and a pop on the butt to "insist". Remove all pressure when the desired results are attained.
In other words, don't continue to twirl your quirt once the horse moves off.
I carry a crop with me when I ride. I ask her to move forward with a squeeze and a kiss or cluck a few times, if she still doesn't move I'll pop her on the butt. She'll then rocket off a few feet and I'll feel her starting to stop and I'll give a squeeze and a kiss again and she'll go a few more feet then she just hits the brakes and we ain't going anywhere. I love her to death but I would just love to be able to get to the point where we can make it more than half a lap around the arena before we stop.
But I will try using the quirt. Thanks for the advice!