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        03-02-2007, 11:27 AM

    Hya if anyone has any problem with training I will be delighted to help if I can! Post me ur probs!!!!
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        03-02-2007, 11:57 AM
    Well, my problem is my mare backing up when we're on the road. She rides fine in the fields, but won't go up the road. She knows I won't let her turn around, so she backs straight up and I don't know what to do about it. She'll curve inward as she backs up, and her hind end practically goes down into the ditch on the side of the road. I get so angry with her, kicking her, using a crop does nothing. I've gotten off of her and led her a million times, but she constanly pulls this on me. As soon as I'm on her, she's backing up and won't go forward. It's just that she doesn't want to ride on the road...but I do.
        03-02-2007, 02:18 PM
    Personally, as soon as she starts backing, I'd turn her in a circle. Everytime she backs, make her go in a circle until she is willing to go forward. As soon as she takes even 1 step forward, praise her like crazy and release the pressure. She needs to realize that it's alot less work to simply walk where you tell her to. It's going to take a few tries and persistence on your part, but be consistent.
        03-03-2007, 10:27 AM
    Anyone here have problems loading thier horses in the trailer I know plenty of ways to help!
        03-03-2007, 08:54 PM
    Wyomingflicka, why don't you help beautiful bay?
        03-03-2007, 10:27 PM
    Beautifulbay, if it was me (and there wasnt much traffic) i'd try to pivot the horse to where its butt is facing the direction you wanted to go, then I would let it back away! LOL. I'd give the horse a few opportunities to turn around and walk like a normal horse, and if they went to backing up again, i'd turn around and repeat. A good cue for you to do this is when the backing up seems to slow down.

    But im passive aggressive.. so don't listen to me if my method sounds unethical, lol.

    But heck.. it gets the job done.
        03-05-2007, 06:03 AM
    I agree with turning in circles. You do NOT want to get off your horse when he backs up. That is what he wants. The only time I would say for you to get off your horse would be if it were too dangerous to ride on the road, such as if there were a bunch of traffic or something. I can see Skippy's point. If you can't get him to turn in circles, I might try making him back up for a while, (like it was your idea to begin with.) but I'm not sure that would work.

    On a side note, why do you want to ride on the road? Is it a dirt road? Or is it paved with traffic? We ride on our dirt roads all the time, but it can be dangerous to ride on paved roads with our special shoes. A paved road is like ice to a horses hoof and they can slip very easily unless they have boruim on the bottom to the shoe.
        03-05-2007, 11:51 AM
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        03-05-2007, 12:57 PM
    TxHorseMom brings up a very good point about road safety.

    When I gave my two cents, I was saying what I would do when I was on a bridle path (or yuppie trail as we call them) that are set -beside- the road with guard rails up incase a horse gets spooked so it wont jump into the road. Riding on pavement, or even just off the road is 10 times more dangerous and risky to you and your horses safety.

    Try to keep your eye on your horse by feeling the body, watching the ears, and watching the position of the head. If you can see your horse become tense again, anticipate that she/he (i forgot, lol!) is about to back up, and try to work through the problem before it happens. Be light in your seat (if anything, lean forward) have a loose rein (but not too loose, where it would be easy to lose control) and kiss him/her on. Nip the problem in the butt before she/he even does it.

    Anticipating and reacting accordingly has helped me greatly in the past when it came to working through vices.

    Good luck hun! =) Let us know how it goes!
        03-05-2007, 01:20 PM

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