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    05-29-2008, 08:20 PM
  #1
Foal
Rollbacks

Hi everyone,
I was just wanting some advice on rolbacks. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks
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    06-02-2008, 07:24 PM
  #2
Foal
Kinda hard to explain without showing, but I'll try - start out about 10 feet away from the fence (trotting). As you trot, get closer to the fence, and when you are about 2 feet away, sit deep in your saddle and say "WHOA". As you are saying that, bend his nose into the fence, apply your inside (closest to the inside of the arena) leg, and hold it until he has completely rolled back and complete the process the other way. It may look VERY ungainly at first, but he'll start to pick it up! Once he's working well at the trot, try it at the lope (be careful, do NOT lean forward or look down - that's where you'll end up as they get better at it. Stay balanced on top). Don't overdue it though - you'll only succeed in burning him out. He'll get better every day. I'll try to find some youtube stuff later so you can have a visual...
     
    06-02-2008, 07:26 PM
  #3
Foal
Oops, forgot one more thing Don't squeeze with your legs (I know, it contradicts everything about riding). When you squeeze with your knees/legs, it drives the horse forward. Instead, sit deep with a slight bend in your lower back and apply weight to your stirrups... Make sense?
     
    06-02-2008, 08:13 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks Steffanicgirl! I did find some things on youtube and i've been working on them with my trainer since I last posted this, I've already seen a lot of improvement.
     
    06-26-2008, 07:10 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by steffanicgirl
Kinda hard to explain without showing, but I'll try - start out about 10 feet away from the fence (trotting). As you trot, get closer to the fence, and when you are about 2 feet away, sit deep in your saddle and say "WHOA". As you are saying that, bend his nose into the fence, apply your inside (closest to the inside of the arena) leg, and hold it until he has completely rolled back and complete the process the other way. It may look VERY ungainly at first, but he'll start to pick it up! Once he's working well at the trot, try it at the lope (be careful, do NOT lean forward or look down - that's where you'll end up as they get better at it. Stay balanced on top). Don't overdue it though - you'll only succeed in burning him out. He'll get better every day. I'll try to find some youtube stuff later so you can have a visual...
thats a really good explanation of it!
When I do a roll back (my horse already knows how to do them so he can get lower) so when I do a rollback I run down the fence I dk how far away but not to far not to close ect just far enough away so that when you turn them into the fence they are forced to use their hind end. So do it like your running barrels and sit say ho stick your inside spur into him and turn liike a barrel. Then push him out of it its really easy once your horse gets it down
     
    06-26-2008, 08:00 PM
  #6
Weanling
The only thing I would add to the above explanation is loping out of it. I get them pushed around, and then drive them out of it and into the lope. It's an explosive move, and if you don't come out of it into a lope at a show, it's a 1/2 - 2pt penalty, which can easily make or break it.
     
    06-26-2008, 08:07 PM
  #7
Foal
^^^did I say not to lope?? Oh well I alwasy lope it :)
     
    06-28-2008, 08:44 PM
  #8
Yearling
My horse does rollbacks when we are playing "Chase the Chickens!" sometimes the chickens wander into the barn and we'll "pen" them back into their gate, its fun. We'll be trotting or cantering and I'll turn him, and when I was still getting used to doing that, my leg would slip back, and he would pivot on the back and burst off into a canter. :) It was fun. I don't know if that's the right way to do them, but apparently he was trained to do all that stuff. :) I just like to mess around.
     

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