Be very careful when using a crop, whip, reins, and spurs. They have their place, but you still need to be careful. Have you tried redirecting her feet? That may help to. It may be something where you need to go back to the basics. Work on your groundwork, and get that respect and forward motion back. She needs to go willingly- it is a matter of training. Those other tools are aids only. Not are not meant to be depended on. Because if you make the mistake of only using those tools, yes she may go that one time, but what about the next time and the time after that? But if you take the time to backtrack a little bit, she will always listen. Horses are quick learners- she will know when you have the aid and when you don't and she will take every advantage of it. You have to get your horse to respect you on the ground, then she will eagerly obey you when you are on her back. Your horse should be willing, not forced.
She should only have one chance to react. Either do it right the first time, or learn the harder way. You should decide on one cue. Either squeeze, kiss, or whatever. Do it one time. If she does not react, then make her go. It should not take 5 different moves to get your horse to move her feet. That is to many chances. She should obey on the first command, not the 5th. It shouldn't take her that long to decide what to do. While training, this is okay, because the horse really does not know. With this horse, she knows what she is doing.
I have had this same situation with many problem horses I have rode. The best fix- go back to where the problem started, not just a quick fix. And stay consistent. Good luck with her!
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Last edited by KayceeJo; 09-13-2013 at 06:17 PM.