Clinton Anderson in his Outback Adventure series on Downunderhorsemanship TV and RFD-TV has a good example of a horse that is too lazy.
He's starting under saddle a 10yr. old wild Brumby named Bundy and for the horse's 1st and now 2nd ride, Clinton finds the horse too lazy.
Imagine that?! The horse's 2nd ride under saddle! Don't we want them as 'dead' as we can get them so they don't buck us off? Can a horse be too lazy when colt starting?
Yes they can.
Clinton only rode him a short time for the 1st ride and had to quit on him before the horse learned to quit on Clinton. (Not a desirable trait at all!) Clinton comments that Bundy now needs grain to get more energy.
Here's the link for the RFD-TV series.
For the 2nd ride, Clinton is explaining that he has to make some adjustments because Bundy is so lazy. Since Bundy is now no longer fearful and is quiet, he's gotten too lazy.
Clinton is explaining at the 27:31 min. mark, that Bundy is giving him a bit of a problem in that Clinton is having trouble getting FORWARD MOTION. (Which is OH so important for training.)
So that is why he's riding him in a more open area to encourage going forward.
If I have a lazy type horse then I will spend more time at the trot and lope rather than the walk. The walk is for a slight warm up, a reward and a cool down.
I do the reverse for faster type horses.
So if your horse is making you work too hard at getting your horse to go forward then you need to...
- get the horse moving out more in the open,
- going a faster speed and
- perhaps a change in feed is in order.
Putting my spin on laziness.