I need a little help with my time
So I have an nine yrs old appendix quarter gelding. I have had him since he was two, took him to horse shows and got him used to crowds and scary things, we go on trail rides and do alot of training for the brain things. I really bought him for barrels, he's a big leg horse with short body. He can really stretch and turn. My problem is it feels like he loafing, I just can never seem to get him to run. I know he can do because keyhole is the fast game he does, he's great in poles till we run home same thing with barrels. I need help, I want to actually compete instead of lope around.
hmmm.... he sounds a little soured on the pattern to me. I would just stay away from the pattern for a little while, then start slow. Make him jog the pattern, all the way through. Do that for a while and don't rush him anywhere on the pattern. If he tries to speed up, don't let him, keep the speed consistent. And gradually work your speed up. Just change things up and get his mind off of it for a little while.
Ok, I maybe I need to explain. I have NEVER gotten him to actually run with me on his back. We have had a saddle specially made for him. We maybe work patterns 3 hours a month. MAYBE. I much prefer to do training on the trail. I dont run him, expect when we at the show, so thank you for the idea but Im all ready keeping off pattern work because I know how bored he gets.
I'm probably the wrong person to give advice on this, since I've never run barrels, or poles, or the like, but my thought was maybe he just isn't the competitive type? I know there are a lot of racehorses that get retired early because they just don't want to run all out. Is this possibly the case with him? Especially if he does a lot of trail riding, maybe he just is the laid back type?
use aids? carry a whip? maybe he doesn't think you mean business. I see alot of horses just loaf around until the rider actually gets after them and lets them know their serious. My horse used to just slow down while going home. It was rider error not the horses, your the one that has to make him run. make sure your hands are forward and your giving all the signs for him to go forward
I normally ride with bumper spurs, and a whip( I hardly use it). Just for fun the other night I decide to ride with out the spurs and wow!! What a change, going to try it this weekend..... Hopefully I wont eat my words. I always lean foreward, and my friends like he just doesnt like to run, I almost think he doesnt know how to because even when he's with the herd he just kinda well loafs.. ah well he's mine. Wish me luck!!
I'm not an advocate of anything other than bumper spurs on a horse if your looking for impulsion. Spurs, in my opinion, are for cueing for direction.
How do you ride? Do you have a vid of you riding?
How are his transitions?
The horse I'm running now is learning to "run" the pattern. Most of the work I did to get him to run was off the pattern working on him tuning into my seat and shift of weight. Over exaggerate sitting down, getting up... just getting your horse tuned in and understanding what your asking.
I dont have any video of how I ride, I would love some so I can see what Im doing. He really is doing great without them, so I will see how he does this weekend with out them. Im only going to use them for poles and hopefully, cross the fingers do much better than the last time.
Update... I need a little help with my tim
So I ran this weekend with out spurs, only with an over & under. Spurs for poles, and we got a 18.56, keyhole was a nice 9.45, barrels I AM SOOOO excited was 19.02!!!! I dropped 3-4 seconds off of our normal time, very excited... And I only used the over & under going home once, full extentions the whole way! !YIPPEEE
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