Some horses drive their riders to distraction by simply not moving under the saddle, and nothing the rider does seems to stimulate them. Riding such a horse is no fun, and schooling soon becomes a dreary task. The riders dwindling enthusiasm will then only make matters worse, making the horse ven less active and motivated. This book discusses the possbile causes of this lack of motivation from physical problems, incorrect feeding, to permanent under or over demand of the horse, and it outlines solutions that can recover a seemingly hopeless situation. The book shows how, with discipline and creativity, it is possible to turn an idle crreature into a motivated competitition or leisure horse.
Birgit van Damsen is a journalist specialising in equestrian topics and is the author of several other books on horses and riding. An enthusiastic rider herself, she has kept horses at her home in Germany for many years and has a profound knowledge of horse care, handling and training.