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post #1 of 6 Old 11-11-2013, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question slow on trail

How do I get my horse to walk faster on the trail without trotting.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-17-2013, 08:18 PM
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Is he being 'slow' or 'lazy'? A horse can be a slow, but alert walker, while some other are lazy, and nearly falling asleep.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-19-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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slow on trail

Actually even if she is taking the lead she is still on the slow side and when she is in the back she is slower, lazy is her temperment "left brain introvert" which for most of the time I like.

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Is he being 'slow' or 'lazy'? A horse can be a slow, but alert walker, while some other are lazy, and nearly falling asleep.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-19-2013, 07:25 PM
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I wouldn't call her necessarily lazy...some horses are just naturally slow walkers. We have the opposite. Our mare, Lady, is a naturally fast walker. You can be riding side by side with other horses and within 2-3 minutes, she's a few horse lengths ahead of everyone.

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-28-2013, 12:41 PM
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I just read a thing from the Parellis that said use escalation of force with a crop rather than your legs all the time. Also suggested asking the horse to go slower than it wants to go. Didn't really say why this would work but just some suggestions.
My own horses aren't lazy heading out but can be mid ride. I use the escalation of force until I get the speed I want.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-28-2013, 01:01 PM
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getcha a gaited horse. they will walk away from the pack. and you'll have a much better ride too. everyone else will have to trot to keep up.

if you just want to walk, a TW is a good breed. if you want one with a some speed and even smoother gait, get a racker. and if you want supreme speed with the smoothest gait get a singlefoot speed racker.
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