Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
If I walk past my horse's head, I do not expect her to follow me. I do not want her spinning around because I walk back and forth. If that is how you have trained your horse, fine. I don't see it as a positive, so I don't want my horses doing it.
The OP's horse will back up with pressure on the body. So the problem is not getting him to back up, but getting him to back up on a cue the OP desires to use. I do not see the OP's problem as a respect issue, but a training one - what cue does she want to use? The horse needs to be trained to respond to THAT cue, since he already backs up with a different cue.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)