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    04-16-2013, 07:22 PM
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Weanling
How do you teach a horse to back from the ground

What method do you use to teach a horse to back from the ground? Thank you for your help.
     
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    04-16-2013, 08:09 PM
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Yearling
One method is to apply pressure with the lead rope and increase it (or bump) until they take a step back, then release and reward.

Or you can shake the lead, if no response add pressure with a stick or the end of the lead tapping the air, increasing to tapping the chest if needed, after they step back then release and reward.
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    04-16-2013, 08:13 PM
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I always just slap the chest with the lead rope.....seems to make those legs move rather than just bending his neck and it also saves him from running backwards at someone flinging and wiggling a lead rope under his chin....
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    04-16-2013, 08:16 PM
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Yearling
I've never once had my horse go flying backwards when cued to back through a lead rope wiggle. Calm backing with a low head is the result I get.
I can't seem to escape the NH bashing today.
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    04-16-2013, 08:20 PM
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I've never once had my horse go flying backwards when cued to back through a lead rope wiggle. Calm backing with a low head is the result I get.
I can't seem to escape the NH bashing today.
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Excuse me? I didn't even see your response....if you look at the times you can see we were practically replying at the same time....and in regard to the wiggling lead rope - I take my opinion on that from Linda Parellis stellar performance in the videos I've watched of her 'wiggling' a lead rope...
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    04-16-2013, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Excuse me? I didn't even see your response....if you look at the times you can see we were practically replying at the same time....and in regard to the wiggling lead rope - I take my opinion on that from Linda Parellis stellar performance in the videos I've watched of her 'wiggling' a lead rope...
Sorry, I assumed that was directed at me. I didn't think to check the time stamp and just assumed you saw my response. My apologies, it's been a rough day, as I think you can tell now.
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    04-16-2013, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by GamingGrrl    
Sorry, I assumed that was directed at me. I didn't think to check the time stamp and just assumed you saw my response. My apologies, it's been a rough day, as I think you can tell now.
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No worries.....
     
    04-16-2013, 08:25 PM
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Weanling
Muppetgirl, Does slapping the chest w/the lead work even on a very green horse who has never been asked to back before?

I'm just curious because I'm thinking back to one horse in particular and I think I would have been a little timid to get that close at first.
     
    04-16-2013, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Farmchic    
Muppetgirl, Does slapping the chest w/the lead work even on a very green horse who has never been asked to back before?

I'm just curious because I'm thinking back to one horse in particular and I think I would have been a little timid to get that close at first.
I've never really has an issue with it, although if I'm concerned about the horse being a nut case about a lead rope slapping his chest I'd be more inclined to work on sacking him out and getting him to deal with things coming at him first and getting him to stand up on all four legs....
     
    04-17-2013, 03:43 AM
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Green Broke
I was taught this over 50 years ago now by my dad, and have used it ever since with any horse, mine or training horse.

I run flat of hand down nose to just where noseband rests of halter, and very lightly tip nose towards chest and say "back", if horse resists I increase pressure very very slightly until I get movement.

If you have a somewhat "dumber" horse, you might have to gently rock nose towards chest one or two times, but usually horse picks it up very quickly.

This helps when you are backing horse from saddle, as well as gets horse off of front end and responsive to bit too.

After doing it maybe 3-6 times? And not over and over either, but just each time you mess with horse, you can just say back and horse will back off of voice.

And HATE the WWJJWHACK. Most ignorant thing I've ever seen.

Key to this is, as so much is, to use the VERY lightest pressure at first, only increasing if and when you need to.
     

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