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        04-17-2013, 09:51 AM
      #11
    Trained
    I just slapped the horse lightly on the chest while saying back. To date, they all have moved, and then I kept them moving with a bit of halter pressure. If you start shaking a lead rope in Mia's face, she'll think you are a psycho. She won't be mean, but she won't back and she will get very nervous.

    I strongly suspect the nose tipping trick would work as well.
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        04-17-2013, 06:32 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Firstly, I face the direction I want the horse to travel. Look at which foot is farther forward and tap that point of shoulder and apply a little halter pressure. Should the horse even just rock back stop tapping and release the nose pressure for a few moments then try again. The horse may try to move forward but the halter should stop that. He's just a bit confused. Again tap on the shoulder of the most forward foot. A brief release of both then ask the other point. The reason you tap the most forward point is that is the foot he'd move naturally anyway so it makes sense to him. As the two of you practise this, each day you spent time, it will become very light touch on the halter and merely pointing at the shoulder with an extended arm. That will turn into light rhythmic touches on the halter for a nice relaxed back up. You are the teacher so be patient if he doesn't understand.
         
        04-19-2013, 04:39 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    I think I must have a very confused horse, She has been trained at one point or another in her life to back off very method listed so far. No joke. Placing a hand on her nose works best tho, or just squaring your shoulders, glaring at her and saying back firmly, then relaxing and sighing when she does.
         

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