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PSA: Please teach your horses to GO FORWARD!

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  • #41
    There is a big difference between a less reactive horse, and one that is balky. I am quite happy with a horse that you take your foot off the gas and they slow. One that does not go in front of the leg though can get dangerous real fast. A bit lazy is totally different.


    • #42
      Originally posted by shawneeAcres View Post
      When riders begin becoming RIDERS again, and not passengers, then forward going horses will be "in vogue" again. But honestly doubt that will ever happen!
      Sadly, I think you are right. Instructors don't get students to gear up in the arena and learn what it feels like. Sheesh. You are in an arena. It's not like the horse can go anywhere with you!


      • #43
        Originally posted by shawneeAcres View Post
        When riders begin becomign RIDERS again, and not passengers, then forward going horses will be "in vogue" again. But honestly doubt that will ever happen!
        Unfortuunately this is from our society of not being risk takers. We teach our children to not do anything that may get them hurt. We are raising a fearful society.

        Kids don't ride unless in a lesson, never bareback, don't jump anything unless the trainer is there, never gallop, no racing your friends, etc.

        The future looks dim without these riders.


        • #44
          Originally posted by shawneeAcres View Post
          When riders begin becoming RIDERS again, and not passengers, then forward going horses will be "in vogue" again. But honestly doubt that will ever happen!
          I wish there was an "applause" smiley!


          • #45
            Honestly- there are PLENTY of riders who fly around at a gallop. Go watch any local jumper ring. Plenty happy to risk their necks. You want gallopers- my old barn's lesson program had kids galloping and getting flung off all the time. They were western but those kids would have jumped 3'6 given the chance.

            The real problem is that no one wants to do any real work in training horses or riders correctly. Like to go fast? Off to the jumper ring. You are a "real rider". Like to go slow? Off to the hunter ring- and make sure you buy the correct breeches.


            • #46
              Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
              While I certainly can appreciate the spirit of your post, is it possible your client is squishing them and that is why they are not moving? Or is her seat and hand holding them while the leg says go? It's sometimes hard for ammy's to figure out what is going on when things go wrong, particularly on a horse they have never ridden before.
              I kinda agree with this. Horses that won't go at all either are confused (your cue may not be the cue he's used to) or he's not feeling good about running (rider's saddle may not fit so well, rider may be sending mixed messages, etc)

              My problem when I try to connect horses with people, is that most horses just go-go-go. Horses are prey animals whose defense against upsetting stimuli is to run.

              If anything, I'd like to see people spending more time teaching a horse to NOT to go forward.... to whoa, stand at mounting block, to ground tie (some don't even tie, period!), to don't speed up without cue, and to stand for vet.

              Just my 2 cents worth.
              Veterinarians for Equine Welfare


              • #47
                I agree that, for most people today, you need properly trained horses, that know how to be responsive and don't have any bad habits.
                Sadly, not that many horses today are trained right in the basics.

                If horses don't know to go when asked, you get the sour horses that won't leave the gate, the center of the ring, the other horses, keep backing when asked to move on and eventually may rear and buck.

                We really need to have good, experienced riders starting colts and training horses, so they learn it all, to go when asked, to stop when we want to, to stand to be mounted and for the vet and farrier.

                For the rest of the riders, they need well trained mounts, not green ones, not poorly trained ones.

                The trouble with many horses, especially those not trained by professionals, is that they are just barely trained and so tend to give problems to the less experienced riders.
                I think that is what the OP was talking about.


                • #48
                  When I was horse shopping I looked at a lot of horses (similar price range). My criteria was a horse that walks, trots, canters...doesn't have to be pretty or on the bit, I want it forward enough to w/t/c without bucking or throwing a fit. So many of the horses I saw were lazy, behind the leg, and unresponsive. I would think it was me, but they were the same way with their owners, some would even stop in the middle of the ring and stand, no matter the amount of kicking the owner did. One OTTB mare that had been eventing for the last two years refused a 1 foot crossrail the first time...after she got going over that she refused the 1 foot vertical (all the owner riding).

                  Of course all of these horses "hadn't been ridden for a while" but my all around QH gelding could have a year off and would never dream of stopping on me.

                  I think that this PSA would help a lot of owners/horses in selling if they would just listen to it and work on these things.