TO DEAL WITH A SLUGGISH HORSE
• Don’t kick to go. If kicking was a good
forward cue jockeys would do it. • Don’t work to go or maintain the gait— you don’t want to take responsibility for forward motion. • Don’t use a crop with one big tap; instead use it to build pressure and release when the horse complies. • Go in long, straight lines rather than
circles. • Ask only for a short burst of speed,
then let the horse alone for a minute. • Get purpose! Do something that opens your horse’s mind up and causes him to look where he is going and engage in an activity. Go out on a trail, follow a cow or add some fun challenges in your arena.