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post #1 of 6 Old 01-26-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Backing Up???

Ok so I went for my first big ride on my new horse today. He is not happy to leave his friend behind. My neighbour brought her mare over but he's not too interested in her, just wants his friend. My neighbour did offer if I wanted to ride her mare but seriously it didnt look any quiter than him! (this is my first riding after a big smash, where I got chucked off and broke a verterbrae, so Im pretty nervous)

As we were heading away from home he started refusing to move and then started backing up. When I gave him a kick to get up, he came up on his front feet (just a bit). So then I tried turning him instead, but he just sort of held his head sideways and still tried to head for home. Mostly he just went when I did my stern growly voice.

Coming home of course he wanted to go, so every time he broke into a trot I made him stop completely, then back to a walk. Strangely, the last leg to home he calmed down a heap, which was where I thought he would take off.

So, Two questions, what should I do about the backing up thing? And is it a worry that his front feet come off the ground?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-26-2013, 09:01 PM
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Don't let him back up, make him go forward, it is what you asked of him & he should do it. As for the little temper pop, I would carry a riding crop & give him a pop on his rump.
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Yep. That's what I thought by the end of the ride...I need a crop!

Also Im going to put him and his friend in separate paddocks!
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-26-2013, 10:22 PM
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Glad you made it out and back ok. Your horse sound a lot like mine and I always carry a crop on trails. I kepp it hidden, but it is there just in case. Good job!!
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-26-2013, 10:29 PM
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Keep riding him regularly and don't let him get away with anything and it sounds like you'll have a trail buddy!
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-26-2013, 11:19 PM
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if he backs up and won't stop, or if you kicking him or applying the crop causes him to start to come up in front (the start of a rear), then try this:

If he baulks or is backing up even when you urge him forward, you turn him in a tight circle. You said you tried but he only bent his neck but kept moving the way he wanted, right? You have to pull his head around so far that his nose is nearly on your knee. Try lifting the rein more UPward, rather than backward. What you are trying to achieve is for the horse to stop moving his front legs and have his hind legs step under himself and over to the side. This is called "disengaging the hind". You do this and after he steps over, you kind of put the rein back forward and "open the door" for him so he can now go forward and put a leg on him. You take the momentum that he has from circling around like this, and when you come out of the very tight circle, you ask him to carry that momentum in a forward direction. If he refuses, go back into a circle and try again.
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