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Date Posted: 10:40:16 06/03/11 Fri
Author: Helen
Subject: Friesian quitting
In reply to: Allison 's message, "Friesian "quitting" during riding time, just stubborn baby stuff?" on 06:37:05 06/03/11 Fri

If you are pushing him very hard all the time then riding must be very unpleasant for both of you.
You need to find a trainer with the skills to get him going under his own steam. The first essential for a riding horse is that it goes forward.
Many young horses don't willingly 'go' and need to be taught this. Some are naturally forward and if you have one that is, you are lucky. My friesian would keep going until he dropped (if you let him), he's been like that since he was backed, I've been lucky.
Also, check that you are not asking too much of him for his age/level of fitness/feeding. These horses do take a long time to achieve fitness, if yours has only turned 4 maybe he's just not fit enough for the work you are asking him to do.

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