My gelding is a very forward horse and we've been working on our backing both on the ground and in the saddle. He does ok with constant pressure but I'd like him to be ok and comfortable with it by asking without constant pressure. It takes me really getting on him for him to move, and if I ask him to back a little faster he pins his ears and acts agitated and frustrated wanting me to stop. I get after him hard lunging him around at a lope when he gets to that level since I don't want him to think he has the upperhand, but I'm unsure if I should still push him to back when he's showing signs of acting out against me.
Would it be better if I took a few steps back and kept working him slowly a few steps at a time until he's solid and understanding and comfortable with it? Or is it better to push him through it even though he doesn't like it?
He's a dominant left brain extrovert, but besides speed control he's had no major issues, and is polite on the ground. Just unsure of the best and safest way to find a decent reverse button on him.
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