You might want to think about things from your horse’s point of view before you label him as a lazy horse. When you ask your equine friend to do something, have you ever stopped to think about how it looks from his perspective – what’s in it for him? Thinking about things from your horse’s perspective is the best form of horse training. Many find this approach to be more helpful than anything when having to deal with lazy horses.
Surely, you’re all excited about going for a ride, but did you ever think how does your horse feel? Maybe your equine companion would rather graze on grass and hang with his pasture mates than deal with the heavy saddles, whips, spurs, and the stress of taking you for a ride on his back.
Lazy horse often just unmotivated
Horses with this character are are often labeled as stubborn horses or lazy horses, but usually they’re just unmotivated. It’s because they just don’t find much fun in what you’re asking them to do.
Why is the horse acting this way? This question should be the beginning of solving any horse behavior problem. Sometimes lazy horses are actually frightened horses or nervous horses. And occasionally the horse just has a laid back horse personality.
Important first step is understanding what’s going on with your horse and actually understanding him. After you determine that your horse is neither sick nor scared and is simply unmotivated, the next step should be to learn what motivates and excites your horse.
So, you’ve got a lazy horse? You don’t know what to do about it?
Start from yourself, think about when you feel lazy. What makes your laziness to dissapear? It’s usually in the face of something that interests you, right? Horses, much like humans, become lazy when they are unmotivated, disinterested, and bored. Barring illness, lazy horses are just unmotivated horses.
When you’re working with a lazy horse, your training approach should be to figure out what interests the horse and why the horse is unmotivated when he is with you. If you manage to do that, you’ll be surprised with how un-lazy and motivated your equine friend suddenly becomes!
Lazy horses usually think humans are downright boring. But once you figure out what makes them tick and learn to engage them in motivating ways, you will end up with a great horse. If you can figure out what they love, even the laziest person in the world can be motivated.
If you’re asking yourself should I really have to make this much effort to “figure out” my horse? Yes, of course. Your approach should be based on developing a relationship with your equine companion, and understanding your partner, not forcing behavior change is the basis of all relationships.
The key to success with a lazy horse
Traditional horse training generally involves using more physical pressure (whips, spurs, kicking). The natural approach, on the contrary, is to understand that the key to a successful partnership with your lazy horse is mental, not physical. Physical pressure will only result in more defiance and resentment.
If you want to become your horse’s trusted partner and leader, you need to apply not physical but brain power to shift the horse’s behavior pattern. Key to success with a lazy horse are rewards for desirable behavior. This horse is wondering what’s in it for him. If you have a general rule about never giving treats (scratches, rest stops, cookies) to your horse, you might want to re-think that in this case.
Instead of rigid rules, you should seek to understand horses on an individual basis and see what works for them. Fluidity and flexibility – natural horse training at its best.