Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Teaching the 'Reverse' both on ground and undersaddle?
I'm trying to figure out how to teach my TWH gelding how to back-up.
He will part way back up on ground with a halter, but he's really resistant to it and isn't a very willing camper most of the time. Sometimes he'll drop his head and duck in towards his chest and back up a step or two beautifully, but most of the time his neck is tense and he 'braces' against the halter and lead while he backs.
I know I need to get him backing up well on ground before we start learning it from the saddle, but I need some help on how to teach him in a way that makes him cooperative and willing to learn.
I do have some DVD's ordered that are about teaching your horse to back up... but it will be a few weeks before I get them and I'd like to go ahead and start working with him on it!
I walked him .4 miles earlier and every twenty yards or so I asked him to stop and back up a few steps. Most of the time he was very resistant, but a few times he lowered his head towards his chest and backed up very beautifully...
How do I start teaching him to back up the correct way!?
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