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post #11 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 12:39 PM
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You could pull back on my boy all day long and he'd never back for you. However a small contact on the reins and squeeze of the legs and he'll back as far as you want. I guess his previous owner started out by nudging his heels into him up further (think front of shoulder/chest area) when he wouldn't back instead of pulling on the reins harder. I've never heard of it before but it seems to have worked.
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 12:51 PM
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I put just a tad bit of pressure on the reins, sit down in the saddle and maybe wiggle your feet a little bit to let her know that you want some motion. Don't kick. Also, don't increase or decrease the pressure on her mouth no matter how long it takes for her to back up. You just want very light, steady pressure. Once she backs up, even just a hair, release the pressure, relax, and give her a pet on the neck. Repeat the process, and before you know it she should be getting the picture in no time, and all you should have to do is sit deep and wiggle your feet. Good luck! :]

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post #13 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 01:00 PM
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The way my trainer explained don't EVER ask by pulling the reins because backing is just an extension of going forward. You want to use your reins with a steady pressure, but not exactly a backwards motion...sort of like putting up an invisible wall in front of the horse...then ask them as if you are asking to go forward with the exception of your invisible wall. And you cant do it until you have pretty much PERFECTED it on the ground...I'm talking a good straight "back" on the ground not a squiggly "I moved my butt" sort of back.

The worst horse I had with backing we would actually have FACE the fence, wall there was a real one in front of her and then ask with the reins making their invisible wall. As soon as there is a step back you release and praise. It also helps if you work on it with EVERY work out. I have worked Cinny on backing from the first day I was ever on his back and it's part of our "cool out" routine.....yes I'm mean, even on cooling out we work lol.
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