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        05-17-2009, 12:20 PM
    Originally Posted by appylover31803    
    How long have you had her? What type of riding do you normally do with her?
    How to do you ask her to back up? Does anyone else ride her or train her that could have given her a different cue to back up?
    I have had her about 6 months. We usually trail ride and we go herd cattle sometimes and nobody else rides her but me. I'll pull back on the reins a little bit and click at her and lean back a little and that's what I have always done but it's always the same thing every time she just rears up if I'm on the ground or on her back
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        05-17-2009, 08:59 PM
    Generally rearing is a result of confusion...

    To back up, you need to ask for movement with the body, and put in place a 'block' with the hands/reins. Generally, if a horse won't back up, the rider will increase both the movement cue and the block cue... And if they aren't in correct balance, the horse has nowhere to go but up. They are simply trying to figure out what you want, and in their mind, up is a reasonable option.

    Can you back her on the ground WITHOUT touching her head? Try using pressure on her chest. Everything we do with horses revolves around moving off pressure, so it shouldn't be too hard.

    It sounds like she has associated a block on her head with 'up'.

    Your movement cue and your blocking cue may also be out of balance... To me a cluck means forward, so that may be confusing her. Try just using your seat and your block (not a pull).
        05-17-2009, 09:16 PM
    Are you sure the tack and everything fits her properly?
    I have a 6 year old mare, but she has changed so much from the age of 4-6, especially when she was 5.

    I would suggest getting a chiro out to look at her to make sure everything's in line and she didn't throw something out of whack either while you were riding her or while she was turned out.
        05-17-2009, 10:13 PM
    Does she back up on the ground?
        05-18-2009, 10:37 PM
    Actually I went out yesterday and was working with her a little bit backing with just a halter and she did great. I got on her after backing her a little bit and she did it great like nothing was wrong before. I was amazed. But thanks to everyone who posted and helped me out.
        05-18-2009, 10:43 PM
    She could have just been testing you and since you were adamant about it, she realized that a fight wasnt worth it.

    Glad today went well!

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