Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I don't think he means the actual flanks. o_O
You're saying the problem is backing up in hand, yes? My yearling had a problem with it. She's very "in your space" and we work a lot on yielding to me. We'll march around the yard, and I'll stop abruptly and give her a sharp "Ho!" to stop. Then I turn around, standing slightly in front of her, and walk into her, giving a tug on the halter, the word "back," and I bump her in the chest with the handle of a dressage whip. I taught her to sidestep the same way, the whole point was just teaching her that if I moved, she moved. I was the force not to be reckoned with, lol.
EDIT: Ok, I reread, your problem is in the saddle. It's going to sound ridiculous but use your BREATHING to help her know what you want. Really use your core, I swear it works. As your walking along, take a deep breath in, and on your exhale, tighten your core, close your fingers, and stop letting your body move to the walk. I guarantee you that your horse will hesitate. When you stop, exhale and tighten your core, imagine your body moving to her backing up and resist any movement to go forward. Block her "escape" to the front with a solid rein, give her a little tug on the reins and increase the intensity until she backs up. Like Vida said, make her back up every time you stop.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 11-18-2009 at 07:46 PM.