Originally Posted by Kayty
There are multiple ways of training a horse to back. I will use the butt of the whip to put pressure on the chest, only if the horse has not responded to other aids first.
I position myself a little in front of the horse's shoulder, facing it's hind quarters and merely suggest that the horse move backwards by directing myself towards it. Many horses will respond by backing if you so much as take a firm step towards them from this angle. Others may need a little encouragement. This can be your fingers on the chest, and light backwards tug on the halter, the butt of the whip on the chest etc. etc. As long as there is pressure when the horse does not back, and the pressure is released when it does back, it will learn ;) Just make sure you're keeping the aids for backing up distinct from other aids.
Hold on, Kayty. You are talking about backing from the ground. That's an easy task.
I was talking about backing while in saddle. Somehow I thought/think this guy is using butt of the whip to back a horse FROM the saddle..?