Ex Racehorse Backing Up?
I'm looking to buy an ex racehorse, 16hh QH gelding. He's not trained to back up, I don't want to make it stressful on him or irritate him with the training. What are some simple ways that are safe for horse and rider and aren't a hassle to go through to teach him to back up? He's a very nice horse, and i'm extremely interested in him if I can get him to back up.
I worked with him today for about 15 minutes, (so darn hot). I stood by his shoulder and gathered the reins. While I pulled back on the bit, I pushed my hand into his shoulder and said back. Every time he took a step back I released the pressure and rubbed him down and spoke encouraging words and tone. I repeated it a lot.
After that I tried it in saddle and he took maybe four steps back before he got a bit confused again. Progress is Progress. But i'm wondering if there are any other simple methods?