Hey Stacy. My name is Maryah C. and I am 13 years old. I have a mare that I ride with spurs and she is great with them and I don’t even have to touch her, but when I don’t ride with spurs she totally ignores my leg and sometimes doesn’t even go forward. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this? -Thank you, Maryah


Thanks for writing to me. Have you ever ignored your parents before? Why do you listen to them sometimes (like when you want to go somewhere so you are on your ‘best behavhior’) and other times you test the limits?

It sounds like when you don’t have the spurs on your horse tests you. You could ride with a riding crop instead. Or you can learn to kick harder at times. Or you can use the end of the rein sometimes. These all accomplish the same thing as the spurs though.

Your horse is likely saying that she naturally on the lazy side. I would suggest asking your parents or riding instructor for their opinion too as answering this by email is tough. Also check out the previous post on lazy horses.