It's very important to be able to ask your horse to move back as well as forward, simple things like going through gates and shutting them require this. It's also a valuable suppling exercise for your horse ensuring lots of muscle groups are exercised.

There are lots of different ways of asking a horse to back up and ideally we will teach all of them. This video clip shows a novice horse being taught some of these ways. In every case as the horse starts to offer the required behaviour we click  and reinforce. We are looking for the smallest try of the behaviour for the first click and then build duration and quality from there.


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