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WildAtHeart 07-17-2013 09:28 AM

Green horse backing up
Hey everyone. I am new to horse forum :-)
I ride a green horse who has recently developed a new habit of backing up in an excited manner when she doesn't want to do something or is frustrated.[often when i ask for the canter]
A bit of background on the horse:
She is an 11yo mare. She is a thoroughbred. She likes to work and is very curious. She is not one of those horses that picks things up really quickly and when she does something wrong a few times in a row she gets frustrated.
Background on me:
I do not own this horse but I am the only one who rides her because she responds best to me. [not bragging this is just want my trainer said]. I am patient with her and rarely yell at her etc.

Thanks in advance!

texasgal 07-17-2013 09:38 AM

Welcome to the forum.. I'm sure you will get plenty of advice.

What does your trainer say about this?

WildAtHeart 07-17-2013 09:45 AM


Originally Posted by texasgal (Post 3085377)
Welcome to the forum.. I'm sure you will get plenty of advice.

What does your trainer say about this?

It is a fairly new problem with the horse and so far my trainer and I have tried just pushing her through it and asking her to back up when she starts. Might just be a phase....

Nocturva 07-17-2013 10:14 AM

My OTTB used to do this when he was frustrated or didn't want to do something as well, would backup all the way around the arena if he wanted. What my trainer taught me was to squeeze my legs with all my might to encourage him to move forward, and believe me sometimes I would squeeze so hard I would hear myself straining and if he still would keep backing up and not responding to my squeeze I would then give a could kick to encourage him to go forward.

I don't think more backing up is the answer, the horse's problem is she does not want to go forward, you have to encourage her by squeezing her until she responds forward because afterall this is what you want for her. Backing up is for her going forward when you don't want her to.

CowboyBob 07-17-2013 11:41 AM

Backing out of things is a big problem and "can" not always but can lead to rearing. As rearing is a lack of forward motion issue its not to hard to have them start rearing so be careful. Having a young or green horse stop and not want to move into something is not unusual. Make sure you are preparing her for new thing and give her the time to work it though. I don't mind a horse stopping and think about something but backing away is NEVER an option someone said more backing is not the answer I would agree this horse does not need to back she needs to stand still and think or move forward any backward motion you need to make her life hard. If it was me I would let her stop and think about new things for a moment or two but not long then I would ask her to move forward, if she moved an any direction back or to the side I would strongly correct to issue and tell her to move forward. This might be a squeeze with my leg, it could be a spur, if its a real problem it would be the tail of my reins across her butt.

Wallee 07-17-2013 11:49 AM

Forward motion is the issue, sounds to me like she could use some lunging to establish forward motion and under saddle I would redirect his feet whenever he refuses to do some desired action like not going forward, redirect the feet by disengaging the hind in both directions and then asking again to move out. Rinse repeat, and I would bet he would start doing the easy thing and just moving forward!

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