Two questions for two different horses! 1. Bareback and brideless? I recently bought a four year old, grade, QH mare. Broke to ride, very gentle, a previous rescue. Thing is...I can't get her to go faster than a walk. I can ride her stirrup and rein-less...completely off leg cues. She just won't go any faster than 'mosey 'long the pasture'. She honestly seems to prefer just walking around, enjoying the day, then actually...moving. It's not like she's not CAPABLE. She's very energetic and healthy out in the pasture. All the tack fits right, no health issues...just won't go. She acted more excitable at the sellers place. Which is why I'm thinking bareback and bridleless, perhaps something in her past makes her go into robot-mode when the saddle goes on? I'd like to give her a chance to be a horse before resorting to crops or spurs (GENTLE spurs, no rock-grinding idiot spurs!) Anyone have any advice on how to transition her from tack to no tack? I'm thinking just removing the saddle, working on leg cues and seat first. Try to use the reins as little as possible kinda deal before advancing to 'totally tackless' Rides in: Western saddle with breast collar, back strap (NOT cinched tight, some idiot tried to do that today, she was not happy), and regular blanket. Nice snaffle with copper in the mouthpiece, a thicker but not too thick bit. 2. Turns on a dime, huge motor, won't tire out I also have a 15 year old TWH cross gelding. Also broke, very docile (falling asleep) on the ground, and a previous rescue. Unlike said mare, he likes to go...and go...and go. And go. This horse doesn't walk, under saddle his minimum preferred gait is moderate speed running walk. His REALLY preferred gait is a hold-on-to-your-britches-we're-movin'-out FAST running walk. He's the Energizer Bunny of my horses. I worked just on going forward across the pasture, then doing a random lead change (left or right) spinning him around (he doesn't turn, he spins on leg and neck cues), and going back the way we came. I did this for half an hour before I finally said "I gotta get off before this horse kills himself". I made the mistake of giving him a cluck without preparing myself first, I was in an easy mosey-down-the-trail seat, as little contact as possible. I nearly fell off the back of the horse! It was like going from 0-60 in half a second! He just sort of LAUNCHED into a faster gait. He WANTS to go, he's READY to go, and he's got a lotta power sitting behind all of that. I was thinking about giving him a job, say, barrels or poles. Not a really flat-out-gallop job, but something to keep his feet moving instead of going back and forth till' the sun goes down. Ideas or suggestions on this? Games perhaps? He's a gentleman on the ground, and a Ferrari under saddle. Rides in: Western saddle with breast collar, backstrap, and blanket. Rides in a halter with attached reins and lead tied in a half-hitch under the chin. Wanting to get a bosal or good hackamore soon to work him better in.