Originally Posted by Lonestar22
She'll just be used for random playdays and she'll still get daily use as a pleasure horse.
Thank you all for the good advice.
Whats the best way to practice a roll back? I've heard of turning into a fence / rail to get them using their hind quarters. Is that a good way?
Start at a walk. Walk about 3-4 feet off the rail. Stop your horse. Back up a few steps (you will probably need to exaggerate the back at first). Turn horse (preferably neck reining) toward the fence and reverse directions. Repeat in the other direction.
Once you have done this a few times, still begin with the walk, however once you have made the turn, ask for a jog or even lope, but try to keep this all as a fluid movement. For example, once you have stopped, backed and you have asked the horse to turn towards the fence, once they are committed to the other direction, ask your horse for impulse forward. The idea is to get them using their hind end.
Eventually when you ask for the stop, the horse will use their rear to stop and not stop heavy on the forehand. They will be able to turn and lift their front end and pivot on their hind end.
Don't forget to throw in some basic stops with no backing in the mix in order to make sure that the horse is listening to you and not anticipating just doing a rollback everytime.