What should I do when i am riding a lazy horse? 🐴
Contrary to what may seem logical, use less leg. Don't nag the horse with your heels as this is usually what makes the horse dead to the leg in the first place. Start at a halt, ask gently with your seat and lower leg for some forward movement. If there's nothing, increase the pressure, bring in the crop and spurs if you need. As soon as they even take a step forward, release all the pressure and praise the horse. Keep doing this until the horse moves quickly off a small leg or seat aid between and in paces. Just use the basic training principle of pressure and release. Expect the horse to react quickly (read: be in front of the leg) to whatever aids you give him (as long as they are clear and precise), and expect the horse to keep going as you've asked them to until you ask him to stop or until he dies haha!
Whats the best way to care for a thinner horse?
24/7 hay, find a feed that is high energy without being full of sugar! Also - oils can be great because they are full of calories (and are great for hooves and coat) without having to feed a huge volume of grain or chaff :) Especially good for older horses that have trouble eating!