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post #11 of 12 Old 06-27-2007, 08:39 PM
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lol well there really isnt a diference when comin to backin in both performance and trail the only thing that is realy different is in trail you are goin over objects and things have to be more focused.
Just start slowly on the backin lesson still use the reins how you normal use them but just change your seatin and once he is goin good with that then start to loosen your reins till they are loose.
K with the "L" when backin maybe you could rig on up at home and practice there, just by you noing the steps for the horse, you could count when backin and then turn because you will no the steps in your head.
With the noodle reins, westurn is more bout comunicating with your horse with your legs and your body weight shiftin round, belive it or not and bearly touchin the reins.
Don't think any of your questions are silly you are just wantin to re-learn again and it is good that you are askin for help.
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-28-2007, 02:05 AM
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Okay, now I am confused, what is the difference between backing for a trail class and backing for a performance class?
Performance classes normally ask you to back up after the entire class is lined up. Very little movement is expected of the rider to make the horse back up in a nice, smooth, straight line.

In trail, you will sometimes back between parallel poles that are laying in a straight line, or sometimes an L shape or even a zig zag. The original photo here shows an L shaped back up. Some classes will have you back around other obstacles, such as cones or poles.

Sometimes it's easy to negotiate these obstacles. For instace, a straight back up. No need to spend excessive time looking behind you. Same is true of poles, as they're tall enough to see.

However, when you've got complicated patterns where corners are involved, I've yet to meet a judge who'll mark you down for looking to see where your horse's feet are. I'm not talking twisting around in the saddle, but small looks. And, to be honest, if I were the judge I'd mark people down for not looking. There's no way you can back an L or Z without checking where your horse's feet are.

But hey, I'm a stickler for trail being just that, trail. Like I said before, you'll lose more points for knocking the poles than you will for sneeking a peek and backing clean. (And yes, I do compete in trail classes )
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