I'm posting this in this forum, as it relates to eventually conditioning for endurance and CTR events (hopefully)!
I had started my journal for my mare, but have been horrible at updating it.
At any rate, this spring has been a bit inconsistent with getting trail miles on her. She had some good rides in May, but then early June she was off for a couple weeks. I got her out this past weekend for a camping/riding weekend and she did pretty good.
My problem with her is forward impulsion. She is SO SLOW on the trail and it is very difficult for her to keep up with the other horses. She shows zero forward impulsion....and sometimes she falls so far behind that the other horses are completely out of sight. Sometimes this bothers her and she will 'perk up' and try to catch up and other times she doesn't really care. I am getting super annoyed by her inability to keep up and then decide to play catch up - b/c it seems everything is her idea which isn't sitting well with me. And I am aware that my mare is not as fit as the other horses, however this happens on a trail ride where we are only walking.
I have tried putting her in the front to see if that will pique her interest, but she moves so slow the other horses/riders get annoyed and just walk past us and we end up in the back again.
I feel like I am constantly nagging at her to move faster and I'm pretty sure I will end up with a completely dead sided horse. I ride with spurs, and I've tried carrying a stick and giving her a swat, but again - I am having to nag at her to keep her pace up.
I have ambitions of doing endurance with her, but I am seriously doubting her ability and drive. Any tips on working on more forward movement? This mare seems more occupied with trying to eat every tree and bush that crosses our path. I have been getting after her, but I am open to different ideas and tips.