Im getting really really frustrated too! Like this mad >>
I've done the excersize on the ground, where I stand on one side and squze the halter back and if she dosent step back I take my hand side to side. And continue until I get a good pace. Which she does really well now.
I've done the thing where you jiggle the rope side to side till she backs or flip the rope up if she dosent back. And then "pet" the rope so she walks forward. And do it again...She does that well to!
Then in the saddle, when pulling back dosent work, I've raised the one rein (depending on what foot will back first) and leaving the other in the normal position and if her leg dosent back I give little squeezes with my hand. Then when it backs I lower that rein and lift the other. She isnt goot at that.
Then I've done the raise one rein and when she backs the leg I Lower it in an outward circle, while she is raising and lowering her leg so the rein is "attached" to her leg. That didnt work.
I've tried asking really softly...dosent work.
Weve done the game where we step back a number of times then step forward an x number then back an x number.
Also tried backing then trotting off.
We still can't back!
Im not on my pubic bone, so im not in go position. My shoulders are back and lowered. My elbows are on my side. I just don't get it. She can do it in ground work why not under saddle!
Help me please cause I want to rip her head off!