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.