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How can I stop my horse from walking backwards when im out riding?
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Posts Latest Activity. Page of 2. Filtered by:. Previous 1 2 Next. I've been riding this horse for about a month now and up until today he's been a joy to ride, willing and a super fast learner.
Horses walking backwards
However I think he must have had a bit too much spring grass because today he was like a totally different horse. Super spooky he isn't usually a spooky horse at all and he would just stop dead, refuse to move forward and run backwards when I put my leg on. I was able to prevent some of the backwards movement by turning him in a circle, however getting him to go forwards was a major struggle and eventually I just got off and lunged him as it was the best way I could think of to get him to move.
So my question is, what would be the best way to handle this in the future? I don't want him to think he can get away with not going forwards. Tags: None. Get him off the grass first. Feed him old hay. Get some toxin binder mycosorb or equiguard and feed him that with added magnesium in a low energy feed - meadow hay chaff not fibrepro products , pony pellets, copra, non molasses suget beet. Give him a couple of days so his brain and body can co-ordinate again and then try again.
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When you do let him back onto the grass, let him have small amounts at a time - break feed or let him out for an hour and then back in the yard. Comment Post Cancel. Having had one like this I'll disagree with phoebetrainer. Absolutely it is a training issue. This horse still doesn't have a complete go button. I would go back to "stop start steer" exercises and absolutely guarantee leg means go before anything else.
It doesn't matter if it's tapping with the whip for 45 minutes or 4 hours. Don't let the horse get away with refusing to go forwards. It is absolutely a fundamental problem that can be a permanent problem if it isn't fixed now.
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You may be putting up with kicking out, mini bucks whatever as a refusal to give in but you must win if he exhibits this again. Best bet is again, work on cementing the meaning of the legs "go. If this is a sudden change, I would explore and rule out physical issues first. He might be trying to tell you something hurts. Maybe he threw his back out of whack, hurt his withers rolling or whatever. Too often we fail to listen to our horses because there is nothing visible, but I don 't really believe a previously obedient, willing horse that was a "joy to ride " would make such a drastic change overnight.
There is No Spring Grass in September??? Bearcat and YellowBritches are on the right track This time of year I fear the cool mornings not anything from grass sugar OP is in New Zealand. Originally posted by judybigredpony View Post. I've never had a horse do that from spring grass, or any other feed for that matter. Perhaps it's a New Zealand phenomenon? But I agree with two things.
The horse must respond to forward, even if at a walk. Because it's a sudden change, check out every possible physical cause. BTW, I love that you changed the equation and made him go forward on the longe. Good thinking! If you can establish forward that way, get someone to longe him with you in the saddle and see if that helps. Assuming it's nothing physical: see 2 above. They don't call me frugal for nothing. Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique. Check his vision. I had a mare do this out of nowhere and this is what it was, she was always a fantastic trail horse and once she adjusted to her vision loss she went back to being her normal fearless self.
Last edited by magicteetango ; Sep. Sounds like its time for in hand, double lunge, ground driving boot camp. Piney Woods. Check his stifles. I've seen this happen when a horse developed a stifle issue. Good luck. Originally posted by frugalannie View Post. Thanks for all the replies! He is a 6 year old TB and all I have been doing with him is some low-key dressage schooling. He was out of work for 6 weeks before I started riding him so I have been careful not to push him too hard.
He has been very trainable and seemed to enjoy his work. However it is possible that he doesn't have the 'go' button fully established as once or twice he did resist my leg by stopping in his tracks, however he then moved forward again no problem when asked. His owner described him as quiet so I don't think he's ever done this with her, however she's only had him since the end of last summer. I'm pretty sure the grass is the problem as it's just started really growing and he's recently been allowed into a larger section of the paddock where there is A LOT of grass.
However, he was on that same grass when I rode him two days ago and was a perfect gentleman, so maybe the toxins have only just started coming through. I won't rule out pain, although he seemed VERY worried and spooky yesterday and had no trouble going forward on the longe. I'm not afraid of him, and I'm willing to ride it out, just wondering what the best approach was to get through to him. I'm going to talk to his owner today and see about getting him off that grass and onto a magnesium supplement.
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Yep step one would be get him off the grass and onto a toxin binder. With this simple maneuver daily, you can prevent this inevitable restriction that might otherwise lead to shortened strides, loss of impulsion, and trouble bending. Now make gentle motions back and forth to rock the withers from side to side. Rock back and forth 10 times or more, as long as your horse is enjoying it.
Once he begins to relax in to it, you will see his head and rump waggling side to side as you bring motion to his spine.