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        06-28-2010, 08:46 AM
      #11
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    The horse has no collarbone. Hence the entire torso is attached to the shoulders by powerful muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The spine of a horse's back is supported by muscles three ligaments , and abdominal muscles.Horses' back shape can vary greatly from horse to horse. The upper curvature of a horse's withers, back, and loin is called the topline.The line of the belly from elbow to flank is the under line or bottom line. In terms of the back, both are important; a long underine with a relatively short topline is ideal.
         
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        06-28-2010, 09:12 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I sometimes have similar problems with my paint. She'll stop and start backing. If I put pressure on her to make her move forward she'll start turning around. I know that the reason is that she does not want to leave the paddock (even though we always ride with her paddock companion). And also I have been riding her before I was actually a decent rider (young horse, beginner rider = not a good combination, I know).
    As we only do trail riding it is quite a problem because the trails are narrow and on hill sides, so one side is a "wall" and the other side is "void" so doing circles is not an option and backing isn't either!
    Sometimes I just get of her and walk for a bit, better than risking our lives, but not a way of overcoming the problem.
    Anybody have any good advice?
    Lene
         
        06-30-2010, 02:52 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I think it depends on the level of the problem and the horse's personality. I took a gelding on for a friend who was absolutely horrible with this, especially on trails. If he didn't want to go somewhere or do something, he would back up, and if you popped him on the butt, he would run backwards, if you brought his head around, he would run backwards stumbling over everything and eventually he would circle. If you asked him to back until he was done.... we would be dangerously backing and tripping over things and it never got better. It became less frequent, but every time we hit this wall he fought me with everything he had. One time it was in an alley way; we were by ourselves and he started doing this ridiculous backing thing. The passage was lined on one side with barbed wire fence, and he ran backwards right into it. He wasn't hurt too badly, he had about 8 small punctures from the wire and a tetanus shot. But, he definitely never ran backwards after that. When I would feel him getting worked up, I would put him on a small circle and trot for a bit. I would do some upward and downward transitions, ask him for some half halts, try and get him to give to bit and flex to the circle. I found with bratty trail horses, making them put their mind on actual work helps a lot. They forget completely about running home or the horse that just passed by, or running backwards or crow hopping or whatever. Eventually they start giving and flexing, and doing the transitions and half halts you are asking for. I do 20 laps one way in the circle, and 20 laps the other way, and then we talk off like nothing ever happened.
         

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