Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Okay, now I am confused, what is the difference between backing for a trail class and backing for a performance class?
Since I have begun my reining lessons, I can get him to back up by sitting back and just barely picking up on the reins. For this, I have no problems with not looking back because I can tell if he is going straight by looking in front of me. In trail, when backing through the very narrow "L", I can't help but look, because it is so narrow, you can't mis-step with even one foot without knocking a pole. Maybe I should get some rearview mirrors for my horse :) How do I know where to move him without looking at all. Do I stop, look, face back forward, and start maneuvering again?
Also, this may be a silly question, but why don't you ride with noodle reins in an eq. class? Are you talking about western eq.? Are you saying this because it would be too hard to perform the pattern? Or some other, more asthetic reason? Forgive my questions if they are silly, I haven't shown since 4-H, somewhere around 10 years ago (I have been barrel racing in between - and not focusing on the beauty of myself or my horse) :), and even then, some rules are different between those, and "real shows".