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post #11 of 15 Old 03-23-2009, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Nope... Lol... I don't 'do' all the Parelli/Clinton/etcetera... 'Natural Horsemanship'... I go by trial and error and what I hear from other people... I've tried the natural horsemanship parelli stuff once and my horses looked at me like I was a complete idiot and ignored me...

I'm teaching my boy to backup under saddle, though I'm doing it bareback with a lead rope... I've got to find another way, though, because I realized earlier that even though he does it bareback, it's going to be pretty hard to cue him in a saddle...

I keep pressure on the 'reins' and kiss to him in a long, drawn out way while rubbing his sides near his back legs gently with my heels... He's got it down pretty good, but I'm looking for a new way to cue him...

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I keep pressure on the 'reins' and kiss to him in a long, drawn out way while rubbing his sides near his back legs gently with my heels... He's got it down pretty good, but I'm looking for a new way to cue him...
Comment........ why would you want to train your horse with this type of cue when there is no way under the sun it's going to work under saddle. Why not teach him "one" cue and "one" cue only. Why confuse the issue?

Lots of good suggestions here, any or all will work.
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I did it because I wasn't really thinking at the time, just playing around, and honestly, I wasn't expecting it to work... But surprisingly he's got it down pretty good... I'm going to start pushing my legs forwards like I do when I stop him, only I'm going to keep a bit of pressure on him with my legs and cue him to backup...

Honestly, I get that I was extremely stupid to teach him the other way, but like I said, I wasn't expecting it to work... Lol.

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Honestly, I get that I was extremely stupid to teach him the other way, but like I said, I wasn't expecting it to work... Lol.
You weren't stupid at all. Maybe a little confusing....LOL
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Lol... ok, maybe not 'stupid' but I did have a lapse of common sense, you gotta admit that.

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