Originally Posted by Equus_girl
I have been working with a 10 month old filly, training her to trot in hand lately. She trots up perfectly and doesn't hesitate but she sometimes tries to nip me as she is trotting along beside me. I am so confused! She is the most respectful filly I know, never bites, pushes, kicks, anything! I don't know why she would do this. She seems to like trotting and wants to go even faster but after a little bit her ears go back and she tries to bite. She doesn't do this all the time - just sometimes. Am I doing something wrong? Should I stop trotting her, or is this a respect issue? She's never had a problem with being nippy and is perfect in everything else.
First guess (and only a guess)... it could be pain. She might be stiff, have hoof pain based on the ground you are running on. Might just be her young muscles are not developed enough to trot "on cue."
I had another question too. One colt I'm working with is the opposite. He does not like to trot in hand and will go no faster than a walk. Can anyone give me some tips to get him to trot? He's very respectful too and never tries to bite, but he is so laid back he's not really into trotting! |
I don't know much about colts, but I have seen this in several adult horses. To overcome this, I start by getting my energy level up. Excited, animated, etc. I generally start by basically jogging in place. In other words, I move along at the pace of a walk, but my body looks like it is jogging with high, exaggerated leg and arm motions. For _really_ lazy horse, I might have to "nudge" them a little with the rope halter. Most times, getting my energy level up helps to put them "in the mood" and they will usually start trotting with me.
Hope this helps.