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post #1 of 8 Old 07-11-2012, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation How to I stop my horse from backing when she doesnt want to go forward?

I have had my mare for 2 months now and I have taken her on a few long trail rides. The last ride we started of in an open paddock so there was not many distractions for her and she started jigging. When we had to head down hill not to steep she started backing very quickly. She had loose rein and I tried to kick her forward and this just made her jump around and shake her head. I spun her around in circles to try and stop this but when I straightened her up to move her forward she started running sideways.(it was a foggy morning and she may have been afraid of the unknown) We were in a large group and I presumed she would be happy to follow the horses that she is paddocked with. She has done this once before and I would like to know how to correct it before it gets worse. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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My mare used to do this a lot. I would try to push my weight forward into her back and give her a good kick she would normally start moving, but a few times she absolutely refused, I just stopped doing anything not moving what so ever and she stopped then I asked her to go forward. This is what worked for me.


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Make the backing up your idea. As soon as she starts make her back up, not just a couple of steps, go 10 steps or more and then make her go forward right away. You might have to do that quiet a few times but she probably will think, well when I back up I just have to do it even more.... it helped with my Morgan mare who can be REALLY stubborn, it worked out for us though.... good luck!
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Make the backing up your idea. As soon as she starts make her back up, not just a couple of steps, go 10 steps or more and then make her go forward right away. You might have to do that quiet a few times but she probably will think, well when I back up I just have to do it even more.... it helped with my Morgan mare who can be REALLY stubborn, it worked out for us though.... good luck!
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The gelding I had previously came to me with this exact bad habit. As soon as I asked for more than he wanted to do, he'd put his head down, ignore my leg, and back up. I did the exact same thing as Island suggested. I said "okay, you want to back up? Well, we're going to back up all the way across the arena." They figure out real quick that its much easier to just go forward than have to back longer than their comfort zone.
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I have been trying the backing up thing too I never thought of myself but it seemed like a good idea and I actually think it works!
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will try backing her until she's uncomfortable.
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I once had to back a horse up out on a hack for a good 300-400 yards. The horse didn't want to go forward, so I said fine, have it your way, we'll do the hack in reverse. She rethought her decision when I gave her a chance to move forward; she never gave me another problem about going out on a hack.

I resort to this technique quite often when a horse doesn't want to move forward. Just turn them around and back them up to get passed whatever they don't want to pass. It has always worked for me and they quickly learn it is easier to move forward then backwards.

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