He knows the command verbally and responds to that well on the ground. We practise this every day whether I ride or not, so he's got it down from the ground, the past week or so he hasn't needed any brushing on the chest from the ground.
I can put the bridle on and get him to back from the ground with that, without the chest brushing now, and I always release the pressure as soon as he takes a step back.
I never release the aids undersaddle if he doesn't take a step backwards, when I try it undersaddle I always have someone with me to brush his chest if I can't get him to back up first, and after over two months of doing this he still won't back up undersaddle without help.
Every now and again he leans back like he's about to take a step backwards, but he won't actually take the step, what should I do when he leans back but won't take the step?
R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms