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    10-28-2009, 12:42 PM
Lazy horse

So I got my horse just this summer, and so far he's a real dream to ride, but I noticed he is SUCH a lazy jumper! Not only that is after maybe 30 minutes into our ride he starts really slowing and I start needing more leg then I should have to use. I have to start basically pumping him just to get him to canter.

Anyone have any tips? I know I just got him and he probably hasn't been ridden that much over his life time so he doesn't feel he needs to work .. but he gets way to tired and basically just walks over jumps no matter how much leg I keep on him.
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    10-28-2009, 02:54 PM
No one has any help at all? :/
    10-28-2009, 02:57 PM
You can get certin high energy feeds for horses and also building up stamina. For example when you go for your ride do your warm up then do 5 minutes of trot then 2 minutes of walk and five minutes of trot and so fourth (sp?) and build it up form there also add in some canter. I should help your horse build up some stamina on the flat and even over fences :)
    10-28-2009, 03:15 PM
Maybe he could just be unfit. Try giving long exercises that works the muscles and lungs.

Or he could just be very bored with what you are doing. Try livening your sessions up by having a nice gallop in a field or paddock, or take him to visit other horses. Make riding exciting for him, and then maybe he will wake up abit.

If that fails, try adding more energy into his food, like molasses or something.
    10-28-2009, 05:03 PM
A crop might help. I carry one on Frazier because he gets kinda lazy after some trot work, but he speeds up over jumps.

It may be that you're out of shape (I'm not saying anything bad here, just suggesting) because you're used to responsive horses. I know that's the case with me and Frazier as well. I use the crop as little as possible and use mostly my legs, squeezing every other stride.

I know that my sister's pony is very lazy and stubborn so she has great legs to keep the horse going but me... not so much =D I'm used to horses that are great listeners.
    10-28-2009, 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by gogirl46    
I'm used to horses that are great listeners.
Oh, I know where you are coming from. The exact same with me. I am used to the more forward going horses, so when I do get on a lazy horse, I am dead by the end of the lesson. LOL

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