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post #1 of 6 Old 01-30-2014, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Backing up issues :/

I have a pony that has been driving since I could remember, he is probably around 7 or 8 this year. This doesn't go with what I am going to ask you but just thought to just write it anyway. So this pony I have so much trouble with backing up on the cart is a pain! Is there a better way then yanking on the bit to get him to back up? He refuses to back up only on the cart though? In lead and when riding he can back up perfectly, I think he just needs a little guidance, any ideas?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-30-2014, 09:26 PM
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When you want him to back, ask him to move forward but use the reins to block him. Hold them steady and not haul back on them. He'll be confused and will try to get the release of pressure on his mouth. As soon as he makes the smallest move to back, instantly release the reins, a big release. Let him relax then ask for forward movement again. The goal is that he back on a loose rein altho for a while it will be in small increments.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-30-2014, 09:37 PM
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So he will back when you are ground driving him? If that is the case, I would first check to see if your harness and cart or wagon combination is causing him pain somewhere. It sounds like the weight of the cart is something he doesn't want to push backwards. If you can't find a pain issue I would follow the advice of saddlebag
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Have someone stand beside him a few times and push the shaft on the cart, while you ask him to back. Be sure and reward EACH step.

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Backing a horse or pony in harness is an advanced move in driving. I would not suggest trying to back until you and your equine are comfortable in all other aspects of driving, especially the halt.

You never want a horse in harness to use backing as an evasive move, which is one reason you always have your whip in your hand, to give him some forward encouragement if he ever back without being asked.

Here is a good article on backing up. All of the articles on this website are very good, I am going through and practicing all of them that I can over the winter.

http://coachmansdelight.com/CGuidePa...=GUI25090&k=58

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Taffy Clayton;4659474]Backing a horse or pony in harness is an advanced move in driving. I would not suggest trying to back until you and your equine are comfortable in all other aspects of driving, especially the halt.

You never want a horse in harness to use backing as an evasive move, which is one reason you always have your whip in your hand, to give him some forward encouragement if he ever back without being asked.

Here is a good article on backing up. All of the articles on this website are very good, I am going through and practicing all of them that I can over the winter.


Thanks Taffy Clayton! That really helps!
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