05-24-2012, 10:27 PM
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It's just that you're going to get so much more bang for your buck if you work the horse on uneven terrain versus flat. Sorry about your back. That can't be fun. Regarding the poles, maybe he thinks you want him to jump them? If it's just an over excited thing, just keep taking him over them until he gets bored with jumping them. For backing up, don't overdo it, but every step he takes backward requires he use his back. Use it sparingly at first and let him tell you when he's ready to do more. Most horses will act like you're trying to kill them the first few times, but then start backing up with ease.