I have a Reg Appy mare (looks totally QT
though, Qt body, solid sorrel color). She
has some distant Doc Bar and recent Fri
Dee Bar. Her problem is that she is hard
to get moving forward. Sure, I have
utilized all the common aids: spurs,
lounging with a whip, ect . . . and they
work for awhile. I get her going with
the aid and then finish the lesson without
it, but in time she becomes dead to the
aid and then to the new lesson as well.
She is very dead sided!! She has a lot
of potential, though, and is very
intelligent. Someone just overused her
sides and she has obvoiusly been spurred,
kicked and proded so much that she just
My problem is that since I can't get her
moving forward, I can't even begin to
collect her and get her working off the
rear end. I have tried taking her to a
field and letting a companion run ahead
a try to push her into a flat run, but
this doesn't even work. She just lopes
on down the road, almost at a three beat.
When I turn her lose she carelessly lopes
off, never running. Some people wish for
a horse that wont take off all their lives
- now that I have one I can't stand it!!
Like I said, it's not that I want her to
speed up, I need take her off her front
end and I can't get enough forward motion
to do so.
I have been feeding her supplements to try
to hyper her up a bit - it is having a small
effect. She is only 8 years old and has not
been used for the 3 years previous to me
buying her. She has a wonderful mouth and
very soft to turn, backup and stop. Her
only problem is in the moving forward.