So I notice that when my trainer dies a fun show between her students (Which happened to be today) and I compet English instead of western, I get some nasty looks when I back up fast. Like, I had Jester out there today and he flat out runs backwards. I was English and I loped a few circles, stopped and made him back up the standard distance for a Reiner. I know it was an English show, but that doesn't make much differance to me. Doesn't mean I can't practice.
What they are referring to is the speed of the back up. In English you back up in a measured deliberate manner...never as a running step.
I actually had someone come up with her gelding next to me and ask rather rudely why I woul make my horse back up like that. I told them he was a Reiner and they just looked at me like I was abusing him or something. I was doing some fun dressage classes and there was a rein back I had to do so when I asked for the rein back he ran backwards.... Web I got out of the arena I had another rider approach me again and ask me about it....She told me that he wasn't a car and shouldn't be made back up like that.
Fully agree with what the person said about the car analogy. The problem with the perception of a horse running backward is that it may appear that the horse is backing away from the bit and the assumption is then that the rider is being harsh with the bit making the horse run backward instead of deliberately backing.
I mean, seriously. My trainer is primarily western. It's not like these people have never seen a horse back up before.
Just as in western pleasure and HUS done with the same judges and both classes looking virtually the same is something we should no be doing, we should not just because your trainer is western, ride all classes (even the English ones) in the same manner. There are specific requirements for each discipline and you can't jog or lope in dressage just as you can't be doing passage in western. So you can't do a running back up in a dressage or any English class.
Someone told me that English riders use backing up as a punishment, or that they aren't traine to back up at all.
Elaboration would be nice ;)
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There are some very ignorant riders that will use a back up as punishment but the good ones will use it to reset the horse's mind as a correction ( never more than a few steps though). Other will use it to strengthen the hind quarters and set the horse more on the rear legs to set them up for something that will be asked for.
There are various other reasons but punishment is not what a god rider will use the back up for.