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    11-24-2013, 02:01 PM
Green Broke
Backing up

I watched a lot of reining at the AQHA world show, and it made me question how I back up my reiners.

All of them picked up their hands and were in their horses faces when backing up..

I've always given my horse his head and push my feet down in the stirrups and occasionally bump him with my feet and he flys backwards in great form. My green reiner takes a little bit of rein pressure as a reminder. I even have my two barrel ponies back with feet only... Are you supposed to use hand contact??
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    11-25-2013, 12:30 PM
As far as scoring goes (for AQHA or NRHA,) the less visible your cues, the better. A cadenced, straight back with no obvious bit contact should score higher than a cadenced, straight back on a tight rein. Top level NRHA riders will usually back as you describe, with weight in stirrups/feet more forward.

At any show, the judges can only judge the horses/riders which are presented to them - if all horses/riders do something less than ideal, the judge still has to place the best out of that particular group. That doesn't necessarily make the winner correct, just the least bad...
    11-25-2013, 12:42 PM
Wow, I wonder why they do it that way?

All mine back up from feet only as well. That's all I've ever been taught.
    11-25-2013, 05:32 PM
Green Broke
Yeah...there hands were like up at their noses...
Same with western pleasure and horsemanship..
    11-25-2013, 07:30 PM
That's kind of ridiculous...

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