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post #1 of 3 Old 01-23-2011, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Backing up on cliff in thorns and deep water below.

today on a trail ride with my friends (5 of us) Dixie was 2nd and 3 people behind us were going kinda slow. good 15-20 ft behind us and some one was 30 feet in front of me in a slow lope but i wanted dixie to walk but the person rounded the corner so i tried to turn her around to go with the other people. but she wouldn't and started backing up twards the cliff several different times i know to push fward but that doesn't work wel all the time so any other tecniques?
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-23-2011, 08:04 PM
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I have never had this happen to me, but I know a man that had a horse that would often back up quickly when having a hissy fit. Once she was rapidly backing toward a 20 ft deep ditch. So we all know not to tense and pull back at this time, and she was ignoring his cues to go forward.
So he pulled her head around hard (think one rein stop) so she was basically looking backwards, and could see that she was 2 feet from falling in the ditch. Well, she didn't want to do that, so she immediately stepped forward.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-23-2011, 08:24 PM
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Always turn your horse headfirst over a drop. If you turn their hindquarters over they will not watch and could plummet.
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