If the horse is reluctant or sluggish to go forward, I always want to know the reason before taking action.
If the horse is getting mixed messages, tuning out a rider’s sloppy or unending aids, or tight and restricted in the back and shoulders- these are all very different reasons for not going forward which require different solutions.

Rarely does just kicking or driving harder fix the root of the problem. It’s important to think critically and not just react, but problem solve with our horses in our daily riding.

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