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post #21 of 25 Old 02-24-2008, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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WWWOOOHHOOOO! We have success! Maybe baby steps, but I'll take it! Rocket did GREAT for his first time. I did have to back him to the fence though! It took just a couple of tries before he got the hint! He softened to the bit several times during our session. Tomorrow we'll try again! Thanks again Spirithorse! Now, one more question...you said I might lose my back.... how do I regain that? Start from ground zero?
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-25-2008, 10:32 AM
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AWESOME! Congrats on your successful session!

At this point, yes, you will lose your back up. The reason for that happening is because right now you are simply asking him to reach for the bit when he feels contact. So after he is very, very good at reaching for the bit from the halt, walk, and trot, then you can ask for the back up again. This was something I had to be very patient with, considering my horse's confidence issues. Basically you can start from the ground while you have the bridle on him IF you use voice commands. If not, re-teach it from the saddle.

This is how I distinguished my back up with my horse. You ALWAYS want to start with your seat and energy first, not your reins. So bring your energy back, get a backing up kind of feel in your body, then pick up your reins and hold one steady while you RAISE YOUR OTHER STRAIGHT UP. Not back, but lift straight up. This is called a Suspension Rein. What this will do is give the horse the idea to elevate his shoulders and come back. Now, you don't have to lift the rein waaaaay up high, that's not the idea, but lift it up some. Now your horse may try to reach for the bit so when he does go with him to some degree but then just hold. It may help to face him toward a fence so he really can't do anything but back up. When he even shifts his weight at this point release and rub him. Reward the slightest try.

It's really cool how horses can distinguish between things like this. When I started re-teaching my back up Rango actually caught on rather quickly. And it was wonderful to feel him be soft and confident in the bridle when I backed him. His cadence was right on, soft in the poll, so much different then he was before.
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post #23 of 25 Old 03-02-2008, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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OK guys! He's doing great with lowering his head and softening to the bit at a halt and at a walk, BUT at the trot up pops the head again. I'm not talking about just a little up, I'm talking wwwwaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy up! I continuously combed my reins through my hands but he didn't respond at all. It almost seems like he is concentrating on his trot and not paying attention to me at all! Thoughts? Just continue witht he training and give him more time?
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post #24 of 25 Old 03-03-2008, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Bump! HHHHHEEEEELLLLLPPPP!!!! :o
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post #25 of 25 Old 03-07-2008, 12:28 PM
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I wrote you back finally lol. Sorry for the delayed rsponse.
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