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post #1 of 4 Old 10-03-2009, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a horse to back up

We've been using a stud chain to get my horse to back up, but I kind of wanted her to learn to do it just with her halter. But she won't respect my space, and if she doesn't want to back up there's nothing I can do without putting on the stud chain. I don't believe she has that pressure point on her chest--she doesn't budge an inch.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-03-2009, 09:28 PM
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Does she do this while leading? If she invades your space while walking, just start doing jumping jacks, and if she still won't back up start jumping backwards still doing the jumping jacks.

I find alot of horses are trained to push into pressure. I highly suggest the Parelli 7 Games for this. Start with the first and work up. Learn about the phases to get the horse's attention. When I have a dominant, pushy or just downright rude horse I do the Parelli 7 Games with them and it teaches them respect
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-03-2009, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by SavvyHearts View Post
Does she do this while leading? If she invades your space while walking, just start doing jumping jacks, and if she still won't back up start jumping backwards still doing the jumping jacks.
thaaats a new one to me. lol

what we did with ours is go ahead and use the chain if need be, but stand infront and start walking into them with both hands on either side of their halter and GENTLY push back on it a little and start getting them to back. when thats working start telling them "back... back.... back". we did this with my fillies when they were learning to walk on lead and now i can stand and just tell my 2yr old "back" and she will start to back up
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If you want them to back up, you must halt yourself when they halt and step back with them. In the beginning, you can gently touch their front legs around the cannon bone with your boot (do NOT kick, think of your boot as a finger tapping someone's shoulder). Start with one or two steps and then release the "pressure" and praise him, so the horse knows he is doing what he is supposed to. As he progresses, you can take more steps and all you will need to do is walk backwards yourself. It also helps with backing up if your horse is sensitive to you when he is being lead around, as in when you slow down he slows down, you speed up he speeds up, you halt and he halts.
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