*Repost* of the Photo - because I love it so much ❤
Sooo I bet many here follow some accounts with rearing, show-off horses, high energy, power... Butzi.... Is an Energysaver.
I don't like the term *lazy* because that's NOT what he is. Many people label their horses as lazy. But when you think about it, it's actually smart of the horse. They are made for not wasting energy - in case they need it when the lion attacks. They *THINK* before using Energy.
Yes, I am looking at high energy horse pictures and I am jealous. But then I think about all the positive sides of Energiesavers:
🔼He's very smart and wouldn't run away because he's scared. Not without a solid reason. Most he does when someone/something scares/shocks him is a jump.
🔼He is calm and cuddly and uses his brain. He rather stays with me and cuddle than joining another horse going crazy around him (in the arena or pasture).
🔼He's actually ran away once, because a jogger appeared behind us in the fog - and after 200m he turned around and trotted back to me instead of running home.
🔼He never bucked or ran off once with me on his back. I can rely on him - even if he's nervous.
If you have an Energysaver as well: What's the positive sides of your horse, a high energy horse may not have?
Now to the topic "Motivation". Yah... It's kinda hard to motivate a low energy horse. With most horses, -R works, but for low energy horses, you may need a lot.
But: With positive Reinforcement, my horse may say: "Nop, not going to trot or canter as long as its 30°C outside."
OF COURSE this is FRUSTRATING sometimes. But the *only* alternative would be using a whip and forcing him to move! That may approve my Ego, but by the end of the day, I won't win anything.
If you have a horse with health issues (laminitis, EMS, Overweight in general).. Of course, you'd need to find ways to *exercise* - but as long as its just your Ego that's hurt if your horse is an Energysaver:
🔼Is it really worth it to use force to make it move?🔼
👆 Force, Not -R in general!! Everyone, who's owning a low energy horse will understand that you need -R that's NOT gentle anymore to make a horse "work" that really doesn't want to work.