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post #21 of 22 Old 08-10-2011, 10:24 PM
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that he is releasing his jaw; this is good! much better than a horse that braces the jaw rigidly closed and leans on the reins.

Ask for the backup with one rein a bit "active" , like kind of ticklying him a little or gently squeezing that rein like yuou'd squeeze out water from a small sponge. The other rein is kind of steady. If you horse puts a little bend in his poll to the side, this will help unlock his feet. Be patient, look at his ears and eyes and don't release the pressure until you see a change. I want to see my horse cock an ear back and maybe roll an eye back , if he lifts his head a little, all these things indicate that he is thinking, OH, now I place my feet in the way that backs me up. If you feel his shoulders lift a little, he will probably step more lightly backward. Don't wear him out doing this endlessly. Too much backing up on a horse kills forward.
I use backing up to get my horse's mind back with me and kind of test him to see if he's listening. I use it to get him to stop leaning on the bit and going througth my hands and I back up, especially back up a hill, to build belly muscles which helps build topline .

Eventually, this will be good for Skye and you help him rebuild his back/neck.

Little by little.
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Thanks!! Yeah definitely a little nibble of work here and there will be much better than drilling countless lessons into his head and killing his eagerness to please.

You've been so helpful lately, in 90% of the threads I've posted, you have contributed and made me see things a lot more clearly! Thanks :)
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