Originally Posted by RiosDad
A few questions?
Why do you mount from the OFF side?? While I am sure she doesn't care I would have more difficulty mounting this way??
Why do you wear spurs for the first ride???
Why do lope a young horse like this on the first ride???
I don't lope 3 year olds, I don't lope them for months until they have legged up and worked hills to build balance??
A really nice filly but no real drive in her. A little on the lazy side. Down the road she could be a tiring ride.
I don't always mount from the right side, just every now and then so they are comfortable with either side.
The spurs are just on my boots I'm not really using them on her. As of today I have started to teach this mare how to move her hips, ribs, and shoulders off of my leg and she still isn't really requiring much spur.
We put all our horses in every gate from day one. We want the to really understand about going forward. The loping in the video is all there was, only a couple times around each way. We build on that as they become more fit and stronger.
She is definitely lazy but you can bet that I'll make sure she has the discipline to go on. As for being tiring I'm not sure what you mean. If your saying you would be having to push her the whole ride then that is in no way true. I want my horses to always be on the verge of stopping or doping down a gate but never doing it until I say so. It's really simple to get this by letting them make the mistake of stopping or dropping the gate and then correcting it by sending them right back on. If you're consistent with that they will gain the discipline to stay in that gate.