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??