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  • My horse is really bad at backing up
  • Horse head throwing when backing up

 
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    07-12-2011, 10:57 AM
  #1
Foal
Bad Backing up habits

When I ask my horse to back up he almost always puts his head down. He knows how, is he just being stubborn or am I doing something wrong?
     
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    07-12-2011, 11:06 AM
  #2
Weanling
What do you mean? Does he put his head down and back up or just put his head down and not move?

I like to see a horse that will lower their head while backing up, because they're breaking at the poll and giving in, not throwing their head up and bracing against your aids.
     
    07-12-2011, 11:15 AM
  #3
Yearling
Try pulling gently back and half halting while their is mild pressure. My paint likes to do the same thing and just lower his head without backing up. I don't know if this is correct or not, but I put my leg on him and he responds much better.I release the leg pressure as soon as she takes a step back. I also use the voice command, back.. back...

Hope it helps.
     
    07-12-2011, 11:19 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LetAGrlShowU    
Try pulling gently back and half halting while their is mild pressure. My paint likes to do the same thing and just lower his head without backing up. I don't know if this is correct or not, but I put my leg on him and he responds much better.I release the leg pressure as soon as she takes a step back. I also use the voice command, back.. back...

Hope it helps.
I thought you were supposed to use leg when backing up anyways? The reins are only there as a barrier to keep the horse from moving forwards, not to pull it backwards.

It really helped me to establish backing up from the ground first, so when I got on there was no fuss.
     
    07-12-2011, 11:55 AM
  #5
Yearling
Yea, I thought so too. My guy was used as a kids lesson horse, so he's got a bit of a hard mouth. So leg and rein aids are needed.
     

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