I have been riding my friend's horse for about 7 or more years and we are doing great!!!
I only started him really training last year (collection and extension, small jumps ext.)
Problem is he refuses to back up under saddle. We have done in hand backing. Up inclines to build back muscles and even used driving reins to ask him from behind. He has backed over poles no problem. He backs using my voice from the ground with no physical aid but for the life of me he REFUSES to back up when I'm on him. Maybe two steps until he stops and throws his head in the air. Even when I use my voice command and light rein pressure.
To add, he shows no discomfort in doing these exercises....
(when the owner first got him he backed up by the time I started he wouldn't)
So I'm wondering (by myself as there usually isn't anyone else with me) What would be my next step to having him accept backing up.
Any help will be appreciated! Thanks everyone