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stephk 02-03-2012 05:54 PM

Horse going backwards with leg pressure
Help! So I purchased my first horse..she is a QH trained in HUS and Western Pleasure. I would consider myself a beginner rider trained in hunt seat (I do like Western though!) When I apply both legs to get her to move forward she proceeds to back up! Is this something that is part of her Western training? My trainer tried a rhythmic tap, tap tap on her sides and this worked better. Any info would constant leg pressure a signal for her to back?


Skyseternalangel 02-03-2012 05:56 PM

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My horse does this as an evasion to forward movement. Your new horse might be doing it too. Nothing a good swat on his hiney doesn't fix.

Have you talked to the previous owners? Did he do this when you test rode him?

CLaPorte432 02-03-2012 06:09 PM

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Could be your form. On a well trained horse, if you are off balance in anyway, they won't go forward. My lesson horse back in the day was like that. If you leaned too far forward or pushed a wrong button, she'd stop and wouldn't go until you fixed your seat.

Or the horse could be stubborn and testing you. Or it could be pain.

mudpie 02-03-2012 06:17 PM

Do you have contact with his mouth? Also, are you riding him as a hunt seat horse? Hunter riding tends to be "forward" and if you're riding him as you would a hunt seat horse, he could be utterly confused.

GreyRay 02-03-2012 06:33 PM

Is your trainer familure with WP? WP horses are generally trained to spur stop and spur back, so more than likely your horse is doing exactly what you are asking her too.
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stephk 02-03-2012 06:41 PM


Originally Posted by GreyRay (Post 1340463)
Is your trainer familure with WP? WP horses are generally trained to spur stop and spur back, so more than likely your horse is doing exactly what you are asking her too.
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Ha Ha Yep, that is what my trainer said. yes I do know that she has a "spur stop" but I did not know that constant pressure will make her back w/o any reins at all! What do you think about the "tapping" of legs to get her to move forward. She is a VERY well trained horse and I am thinking this is part of her training as opposed to misbehaving!

GreyRay 02-03-2012 06:45 PM

I'm not sure about the constant tapping to make them go part, maybe someone with more experiance can answere that for you :)
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CLaPorte432 02-03-2012 07:24 PM

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I'd say find a trainer and take some lessons under them. After all the training that the horse has had put into it, you don't want to un-do the training, or confuse it. Or worse, press any buttons that may tick the horse off.

mudpie 02-03-2012 08:57 PM

Don't get in the habit of "tapping" the horse to make it go forward constantly. The horse just learns to ignore your leg, because you're nagging him. Do your parents ever nag you? You just tune them out, right? Well he'll do the same thing. One strong squeeze should get him moving, and he needs to learn to keep forward impulsion. Carry a dressage whip, and when he stops and starts going backwards, smack him in the butt with the whip! He should move forward after this, and then you release the pressure. Your legs should be like a wet towel wrapped around him, they're there, but they aren't moving unless you're specifically asking him to do something. "Tapping" turns in to fidgeting, and then you become a less effective rider and it is a hard habit to break! :)

farley 02-03-2012 09:49 PM

I agree with ClaPorte432 don't screw up the horse, you bought her because of her training, changing it up will only confuse her which could cause behavioral issues, or worse change her temperament. And yea No tapping try vocal maybe but Id find a trainer.

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