My Horse Is Running Backwards?
I was riding my horse today and I tried to stop her by using the reins gently, and she stopped perfecty, but when I did it again she started running backwards, like literally trotting. So I started working on stopping, but she did the same thing every time, it is like impossible to stop her, and I have to jump off. She doesnt even look at where she is going, and she almost ran into a tree. I have never had this with a horse,what can I do to stop this and make her stop properly?
And why does she do this?
maybe there is still pressure on her mouth? so she is trying to get away from it.. thus.. backing up..
the bit pinching her?
IM guessing something with the bit/bridle?
What is the training and background on this mare?
How long have you been riding her?
How did she stop before this?
There is more going on and I need to know more about it.
Personally I would wrap her in bubble wrap, let her pull that crap on a longe line and let her run herself into the fence a few times until she figures out that's not a bright solution. That is kinda weird though. Do you have a trainer who can give you some in person input?
I'm wondering if it's a pain response, from the saddle. Maybe she's bulked up muscle wise and it's causing her saddle to fit different.
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Oh, I know! Any chance the saddle is sliding forward onto her shoulders? I had a hard to fit horse who would start crow hopping for no reason. Turned out the saddle had slid forward.
Maybe squeezing with lower legs? Some horses have this as a reverse cue.
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Just because there has been no problem with the bit previously doesn't mean she hasn't developed a problem with it. Mouths do change, or it could have been sitting funny, put in wrong, she could have a cut in her mouth, the fact that she has been fine for five months and all of a sudden has started this suggests it has something to do with pain, I'd start by checking all through her mouth, and getting the saddle fitted.
Horses won't run themselves backwards unless for very good reason. It is a totally foreign movement for them, hence often used as punishment for some training matters - the horse HAS to listen to you as the hander or rider because they can't see where they're going and for all they know, could be able to back into a giant hole.
I'd be looking seriously for a pain response, get a chiropractor out, get your saddle refitted (by a professional, not a best friend down the road that knows a bit about saddles) and get someone experienced to check the fit of your bit and bridle.
When she backs up, are you pulling on the reins, leaning forward or gripping? By jumping off, you have very effectively trained her to go backwards when something is uncomfortable.
Once pain is ruled out, if she tries it again I'd be sitting very deep in the saddle, clamping my legs on (assuming this is an English trained horse that goes forward to the lower leg) and throwing my reins up her neck, while giving her a good whack on the backside, or a flick of the rein ends across its neck. The second she stops, pressure comes off and she gets to stand there quietly.
It sounds that you're not a hugely confident or experienced rider if you're jumping off when something goes wrong - maybe look at getting an experienced rider who will able to drive her forward without grabbing and getting scared, to have a few rides.
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