How do I make a lazy horse go quick? (Dressage Mastery TV Ep277)

How do I make a lazy horse go quick?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do I make a lazy horse go quick?”

If you’ve got a lazy horse, you want to make it a little bit hot, a little bit ready. So how we do that is by telling him, in no uncertain terms, that he has to go forward when we ask. So, here’s a walk. He didn’t go. So he gets a little bit of a spur, a wake up. Then I bring him back to walk.

And even if he canters that’s okay because we want a forward reaction. Back to trot and walk. Don’t worry about what it looks like. This is training, never looks good.

 

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Hey, riding superstars. Today, I’m going to answer the question, how do you make a lazy horse quick?

Okay, so we do have a bit of a quiet kind of a horse here. But he can also be super hotted up and made quick, which is exactly what you want. If you’ve got a lazy horse, you want to make it a little bit hot, a little bit ready. So how we do that is by telling him, in no uncertain terms, that he has to go forward when we ask. So, here’s a walk. He didn’t go. So he gets a little bit of a spur, a wake up. Then I bring him back to walk. And I go, “Okay, light leg.” Do you see how that was more forward? So it’s just constantly training the leg aid. Good boy. Light leg aid, didn’t answer. And even if he canters that’s okay because we want a forward reaction. Back to trot and walk. Don’t worry about what it looks like. This is training, never looks good. But you say he’s like, “What? What? What?”

Light leg. And now he’s really what they call in front of the leg. He’s happy to move off a light leg and he’s going, “Yep, what? What more do you want from me?” He’s asking. So if I then come with my leg and say, “I want to be a bigger trot.” He’s there. If I say I want to slow down the trot, he’s there. Good boy. So all it is is, if you ask for a forward reaction from a light leg? You get it immediately. If not, spur spur or a little bit whip whip and the horse has to fly off into a massive trot. Even if he flies off into a massive canter, that’s absolutely fine. Just go with it. Then bring the horse back and you’ll find that he’s hotter and listening better off a lighter leg.

Today’s episode gave you huge value. I would love to invite you to a free class I’ve created for you to help you look and feel like a Grand Prix dressage rider in as little as three rides per week. Don’t worry if you don’t have a good enough horse. In secret number one I’ll tell you why that doesn’t even matter. I’ll tell you how to do it in less than, in only three rides. And I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know to make sure you’re doing in your riding to accelerate your results and get you to the next level. I can’t wait to have you in the class. It’s completely free, my gift to you. Click on the link to sign up.

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