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post #1 of 6 Old 12-04-2013, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Horse cold with leggs

Hello

I have a problem with my horse, he is cold leg when i work in a outdoor arena, have you got any advices to make my horse more speed? (i am sorry, i don(t speak english very well)

Thank you for you help!!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-04-2013, 06:35 AM
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Do you mean that he doesn't respond to leg cues? I haven't heard of being cold legged. He's fine in an indoor arena but not outside? He won't go faster than a walk or move at all? How is the footing/ground in the arena? Has this been a problem for a while or just started? How long have you had him and how well is he trained? How are you asking him?

Assuming you mean that he's not responding to what you are asking him. Ask, tell, demand. Ask with a squeeze of your calves on his sides. Tell with a cluck/kiss or a bump on his sides. Demand with a tap, smack and whack of a crop or your reins if they're long enough.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-04-2013, 08:31 AM
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He may be sick of ring work. Horses need to get out on the trails for mental refreshers. The trouble with arena work is that the horse is often asked to do the same thing over and over without being challenged.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-04-2013, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Fist, thank you for answering!

Useandpets: "being cold legged" is a french term
but you had understand what i mean!!
In fact, he isn't fine in indoor arena too. When i go in forest, he walk very well, he is very powerfull, but when i want to work in an arena he turn off... i work with him twice in a week with outdoor riding, arena, and work on foot horse. When i use my spur, he walk well just two second, i am required to bump all the time and i don't like that.

Saddlebag: i agree with you but he needs to work on a ring to muscle his back...
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-04-2013, 03:53 PM
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What cues are you using? Are you using your spurs first? If so, what would you up the pressure with?

Since you are riding in an arena, I would do what is called the cruise control exercise. Don't worry about controlling where the horse goes, just his speed. He can go where ever he wants. Best if you are the only ones in the arena. All you are going to do is say how fast or slow he goes. If he stops, squeeze, cluck, spank. At first, you will do all three. As you practice this, he will start responding sooner to just your leg cues.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-05-2013, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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No, I don't use my spurs fist.
I do the same thing that you have explain: squeeze, cluck, spank and the spurs arrived at last, but there is no evolution.
I will try to do what you have said: "Don't worry about controlling where the horse goes, just his speed. He can go where ever he wants."
I will Just ask him to go whitout controling his head place and direction.
I will tell you if it has work !!
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