Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
You have gotten some great advice on backing. Be patient with him, and make sure when he even shifts back a little to release the reins and praise him. He'll get lighter and lighter until all you have to do is lean back a little and gently pick up the reins and he'll back for you.
One thing I wanted to note. I do not know if you have already cantered him or not, but I would bet he probably hasn't done much of it. It seems that in the TWH showing world, they rarely do it. I know some people do, but there was a false belief going around when I owned one that if you canter them, it ruins their gait. Completely not true. Anyways, he may not have cantered before, so you may need to teach him to do that as well. If you can, I highly recommend it, they have the SMOOTHEST canter, called a "rocking chair" canter.
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