Just lately (well the past month or so) my appaloosa mare has started a very annoying habbit.
She is an angel for tacking up and mounting but lately when I get on her she just stands there no matter how long I wait and no matter what cues I give her. If someone leads her she goes pretty happily but no matter what I do she wont really move out under saddle. Occasionally I can get her to amble around the arena a little but she usually stops pretty quickly.
I am usually a big believer in John Lyons so I have been going by some of his stuff. I have read 'Comunicating With Cues' like 6 times and have been using his method for a horse that wont move out or change speed. His idea is 'Im going to keep on bumping you from now until forever until you give me a definate, noticeable chance in leg speed.' I sat on my mare for an hour the other day and nothing but a few hesitant steps.
So what am I doing wrong? Are there different methods I could try?
Also I have had a vet out to see her (last week actually) and she is positive there is no medical reason she is acting up. I have also had her feet done recently so she is all set physically.
Is professional training my only hope?