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post #1 of 7 Old 01-29-2011, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Video... Working on backing my boy. Video!

Hey all...

I just posted up another shot video of me working with my boy's. I am working on backing Tushi for the first time. He was a pack horse, and has had a rider at some point once a few years ago. I was told he bucks.... So I am starting fresh with him, and doing things my way. I dont use bits, and in the case I am not using a saddle at this point in his training.


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post #2 of 7 Old 01-30-2011, 08:17 PM
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I like how you're giving him treats and he's turning his head around to see you and be with you. Good job.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-30-2011, 11:17 PM
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Yeah, having him see you over his back and with both eyes. Good work. He's cute! Looks bl***y awful cold!
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-30-2011, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, having him see you over his back and with both eyes. Good work. He's cute! Looks bl***y awful cold!
It was not to bad that day -15*c (I think). I live in northern Canada... the weekend before that is way -47*c or -53*f and both my boys live outside all year around Tushi was fine, I had to put a blanket on Cash cause he was shivering. I will work with them up to -20/25 but after that they get grumpy and my fingers go numb. Up here in the summer we get close to 24hrs of sun but in the winter we get as little as 4 to 5 hours of sun. Its a pain cause when I get off work its already dark outside

Thanks for the nice feed back... I just do things my way, this is my second set of horses with bad histories. Traditional methods don't work well with my boys, and I want both of them to have bright futures.

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I am not sure exactly what is going on in the video here.. (don't mind me). It looks like you are just trying to lure him into backing up.. maybe just get him to back on verbal cue?

When I taught a horse to back it was usually quite a bit into his riding carreer and after the horse was more balanced and able to shift his weight to the rear on cue. The horse was doing turns on the forehand.

When I first asked for a back up, the horse would have a barrier in front of him (the arena wall worked well as did a good fence). I would then ask the horse to collect (standing there) and put slightly more pressure on his mouth.. holding the horse with my legs. Most horses will collect and then take a tentative step back.. at which point ALL pressure stopped.

Doing it this way I had a horse that understood the cues to back but also would be balanced and collected backing up. We called in a Reinback in the cenzoic when I was doing this and it was a fairly advanced move.

I am not sure if you want all that training your horse.. maybe all you want is the horse to walk backward on cue and not have him collected and able to take a right angle turn etc. like some trail classes require.

IOW's I am not saying what you are doing is wrong.. just what I did and how and why I did it taht way..
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I am not sure exactly what is going on in the video here.. (don't mind me). It looks like you are just trying to lure him into backing up.. maybe just get him to back on verbal cue?

When I taught a horse to back it was usually quite a bit into his riding carreer and after the horse was more balanced and able to shift his weight to the rear on cue. The horse was doing turns on the forehand.

When I first asked for a back up, the horse would have a barrier in front of him (the arena wall worked well as did a good fence). I would then ask the horse to collect (standing there) and put slightly more pressure on his mouth.. holding the horse with my legs. Most horses will collect and then take a tentative step back.. at which point ALL pressure stopped.

Doing it this way I had a horse that understood the cues to back but also would be balanced and collected backing up. We called in a Reinback in the cenzoic when I was doing this and it was a fairly advanced move.

I am not sure if you want all that training your horse.. maybe all you want is the horse to walk backward on cue and not have him collected and able to take a right angle turn etc. like some trail classes require.

IOW's I am not saying what you are doing is wrong.. just what I did and how and why I did it taht way..

LOL nope I am not trying to ask him to back up at all.. If fact I am asking him to move forward until his back was beside me for easy mounting. Then he must stand for mounting and grooming and not move back or forwards unless I ask that of him. I also let him to bring his head around, so he can investigate, and still have some freedom of movement. I work him on the ground and we back up all the time.. I use treats often, and so I always ask them to give me space by backing up a little.

Cheers and thanks for the tips...

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-31-2011, 06:04 PM
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Nice work, he looks like he'll be a trusting boy when you're finished with him. Your fencing and the mountains are gorgeous
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