Post by Dan Chmelar on Oct 29, 2004 14:16:56 GMT -5
Hello. The horse I currently ride, is not mine, but a friends. The horse is a good tempered horse. He seems to have been trained well. One thing though is that when pulling back on the reins, he doesn't back up. How can I train him that when the reins are pulled back farther than to stop, that he should back up? Thanks Daniel Chmelar
Dan Chmelar -ONV -WIG -Ol' Sipley Mess -Horse Hair Mess
Daniel, as with any time you are working with a horse it takes patience. I had my horse stand in one place , you need to make sure that you have your horses complete attention, that he isnt distracted.Next I took the reins and pulled back gently with even pressure. What I was looking for him to do was to give, to bring his head down and take a step back. As soon as I felt him take the step I released the light pressure on the reins and praised him. I did this over and over again always remembering to release the pressure in the reins and to make sure I praised him after each step. As he pregressed, I asked him to take more and more steps at a time, Each time te took the step I would release the pressure then I would pull back lightly on the reins and he would take another step. I repeated this process untill he was backing up. The key is for you to have a lot of patience, and to always be gentle on the horses mouth. Remember, his reward for taking the rearward step is the release of tension in the reins and the priase.I hae found that a horse can have a very short attention span, so try to make the most of your teaching sessions, and always , I repeat always end the session on a good note. If your asking something if the horse, you need to make sure that the horse does what You ask it to do or at least make some progress before your end the session. If your working to teach the horse anything, You dont want to get fustrated and just say ... ok You win lets try again tomorrow. Keep trying untill You get a positive result and then You can praise the horse and stop the lesson. I was once riding a friends Thoroughbread gelding that was a ex race horse. He was not your typical thoroughbread, He was a fun, but lazy horse, its no wonder why he was a ex racer hahaha... But he was a good riding horse.He did not know how to turn left and when I asked him to back up, he sat down. It was the funniest thing that had ever happened to me on horse back. I pulled back lightly on the reins and Thunder, calmly sat right down standing only on his front hooves. When I stopped laughing I stood him back up on all fours and worked about 10 minutes with Him. Once he figured out what I was asking him to do he stopped sitting down and took a few rearward steps. I hope that this helps a bit. I am sure that there are many ways to teach a horse to back up.This is the way I was taught. It is easier to show a person than to explain in writing. If I am wrong in the way I was taught I welcome any suggestions, all I can say is that it worked for me and it didnt take very long at all. Respectfully, John Rogers
Daniel, Just one last quick note, after I posted my reply, I noticed something that You wrote in your question. Daniel, you do not pull the reins back harder to get a horse to back up. The thing is for the horse to back up with little to no presure on his mouth, in other words if You are asking a horse to back up, and pull back hard on the reins You are going to do two things and none of them are good, the first is that You are going to confuse him.... he or she is trained to stop when the reins are pulled back to a certain point, the other is that you will hurt the horses mouth and that can ruin a horse. You need to teach the horse that its cue to back up is slight even pressure back on the reins, far less that you would use to ask for a stop. Always remember, be gentle and patient. Possibly You can find someone near to where you ride that can show you first hand how to do it correctly. There are also trainers that will for a small charge teach You and then You in turn can work with the horse after you understand the "controlls" of a horse. John Rogers
A horse, like a car, needs gas to go anywhere, even to back up. Don't forget to use your legs to give your horse some power to do something. Then block his forward progress with your hands on the bit. The horse will try another direction if he can't go forward, and that usually is in the opposite direction - back.
Just one step at a time, then reward by stopping all pressure. Work into two and then three steps back. Make sure your horse does not back with his nose in the air.