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    07-01-2007, 05:04 AM

Just a quickie, how do you teacha horse to walk backwards? Im pretty sure I know how to ask, but my instructor says that my pony doesnt have any previouse experience walking backwards, so im trying to teach her, but I don't know how! Help!
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    07-01-2007, 10:06 AM
Iv always been taught to be holding the lead rope and pull the lead rope in towards the horse(like under his neck heading to his chest) and gentle tap on his chest till he moves backwards then immediatly stop and reward
    07-01-2007, 02:32 PM
Giget is correct if you want to have the horse back on the ground.

If you want to it to back while you're riding, first, bring your pony to a square halt. (just standing nicely, focused but relaxed). Keeping even amounts of pressure on both reins, bring your arms back towards your body; don't raise them up towards your head as you do this. Apply even amounts of leg to hand pressure, this way the pony knows you are asking for movement, not just yanking on his mouth.

Slowly increase the leg to hand pressure, and encourage with little clucks if neccesary to get the backwards movement. Only do a few steps at first, maybe three. Then release the pressure and reward with pats, etc.

Hope this helps :)
    07-01-2007, 06:21 PM
From the ground, what gidget said. I stand beside the head facing her rump, take the lead rope close to the clasp, and move it backward toward the neck and touch her under her chin. I say "back." To teach her, I took a quirt and gently tapped her on her upper legs. The second she moved back I released and praised her. Then repeated. I also did this from both sides.

From the saddle. Some horses will respond to slight leg pressure and equal pull with both reins, but not all. Christy was confused, to her I was saying whoa, but at the same time telling her to go . So, I very gently pull on the reins seperately. First a little pull on the right, then release the right and a little pull on the left, back and forth (see saw, very gently) along with slight leg pressure. I sit up in the saddle telling her I want her to move. This works for us.
    07-01-2007, 06:27 PM
When mounted, even leg pressure will help you back straight. Jazz doesn't like backing, so I try to decrease the pressure on him as soon as he sets in motion as a reward, but I don't let him stop until I say whoah. Also I make sure he gets lots of praise.
    07-01-2007, 07:52 PM
Oh yeah, for got to mention that ;) What desertgal said is also known as "sliding the bit". It can be used to make a horse come round (not as a quick-fix, but when used properly is great). It also helps to keep them focused, and on the bit.
    10-03-2007, 09:17 PM
    10-03-2007, 09:17 PM

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