Originally Posted by QHriderKE
I've been working with this mare for my mom. She's been going very well, except for a single problem: not responding to my "forward" cues. So, after verbal cues, sqeezing, tapping and kicking, I gave her some... encouragement, and let her go with it. I didn't stop her as soon as she took off, and I slowed her back down into a nice lope.
I just had to share. Sometimes, things like this are necassary, even though you might not like doing it (I don't) and other people might not like it, but when it comes down to it, you gotta do what you gotta do!
I agree with you, its not the funnest part of training, but if done in an increased pressure way it has to go until you have the correct response.. Otherwise the horse will never learn.. Although maybe you could have been a bit more gradual about it, and praised on less response first.. But was it the first attempt, probably not ;)
Also it is always good to ask with less and less pressure, each time, otherwise your going to have to hit harder and harder..