Teaching Horse To Move Forward
The people I board my horse with just bought two buckskin pain mares. They are three and four but the four year old cut open her leg, so I've only been working with the three year old.
I've worked with her on the ground alot, and she lunges nice and the first time I put the saddle on her she only bucked a bit. Today I got up on her, and she was kind of hesitant and hopped up on her hidelegs a bit but nothing dramatic. My question is I have trouble moving her forward. She just kind of wants to stand. I have been starting with pressure with my lower legs, then squeezing harder, then tapping her a bit until she moves forward, then when she does I've let her stop and relax after she goes for a bit. She was fine the first couple times, but then she just kind of decided she didnt want to move at all...any suggestions? I've only been working her about a half hour at a time, and only rode for maybe 15 minutes absolute tops. I also made sure to end on a good note where she walked forawrd for me. I just wanted to know if any of you had any suggestions on how to encourage her to move forward and not just hold her ground
Thanks in advance.