Some horses are just lazy, simple and simple and like to do the minimum. I keep his workouts short and to the point and often finish his workout by taking a walk to keep him interested in his work. If he had to raise him all the time, he would be VERY bored because flat work is hard on him.
Another important concept to understand is that progress is not speed. Going faster is increasing your miles per hour. Heating a lazy horse by jogging very quickly and galloping around the ring will not really bring you forward and in front of your leg. On the other hand, a naturally hot horse can also fool you by being behind your leg quickly but still. Most riders tend not to use their legs on sensitive horses, even though they respond slowly, for fear of winding them up more.
I take it to the top and twice around my pen it seems exhausted. He had gone to our coaches several times while he was there and would ride it for up to 20 minutes at a time. I would put the hot heels on it so I could put it on. It is as if he was much more motivated when looking for the machine or even the live cattle he followed. I recently drove it with tracks and it made no small difference. I was uncomfortable with them because of how much I needed to keep my leg on it.
I love your focus and I want to go to the beginning and see my way through all your videos! This was especially useful because I only ride class horses, and some, as you note, can become insensitive after too much constant pressure. My question is: how do you benefit from the crop without giving involuntary help?? My hands are quite soft, but I’m afraid if I use the crop without taking my hand off the reins, I’ll signal the horse when I don’t want to. Also imagine cutting out the outer or inner hand while driving in an arena?? A crucial ingredient in creating the autonomous horse is that both show up for work.
Alternatively, you can carry a harvest when you ride fast and hit your horse behind your leg when you move slowly. Over time, your horse can accelerate the pace if it only shows you the harvest. You can also encourage your horse to move faster by saying an order, such as ‘Get up’, with a clear, dominant voice.
Once you relax during the walk, spin them and repeat the same process of moving from small circles to very large circles . When you confidently separate horses from each other by jogging, it’s time to introduce the same exercise in the lope or canter. This should solve your “disappearance” problems. Over time, your stubborn horse will realize that step one Equestrian always precedes step two, where you hit your legs, and this always precedes step three when you touch your hip with the whip. Tapping is more annoying than tapping, so it starts to move forward to avoid tapping. Likewise, the impact is more annoying than tightening the legs, so it is tightened to prevent the impact, making it lighter and more receptive.
The first step is to recognize that this problem is mainly due to the lack of a “progress signal”. It can be cured by teaching a stubborn horse to continue with the order. This can be achieved in the easiest and safest way by starting on the ground. You need a lead rope, a halter and a dressage whip. Mine considered herself lazy and with every dressage test she would feel she was deteriorating.