Training young horse to move over and back up.
an ongoing process with horses, and good manners are important when it comes to
Whatever age the horse is, it needs to be taught to respect you, but not afraid of you.
You must be consistent when handling him. Firm, but gentle discipline, must always be displayed when interacting with him.
You should quietly insist on obedience without shouting, hitting or rough handling the horse.
It is much easier to handle a horse that respects you, and that goes for the vet and farrier too.
Teaching your horse good manners, will make life more pleasant for both of you.
There is nothing worse, than a horse with no manners. I have seen many spoilt horses, which are in control of their owners.
These horses will barge past you, when you open the stable door.
Drag you, where they want to go, when leading in hand. They have no respect for you what so ever. It is not the horse’s fault.
The blame lies with the owner or person looking after the horse. Lacking in knowledge and allowing the horse to do what he wants.
This is basic horse training.
Training young horse to move over
When you are trying to work around your horse, in the stable, at some point you will need to ask him to move over to get out of your way.
Therefore, this is something all horses need to learn. This should be
taught at an early age. The sooner the better.
To teach the young horse to move over, you need to stand to one side of him holding the lead rope close to the halter. With the other hand, place it behind the girth area, pushing its quarters away from you by clenching your fist and using your “over” at the same time.
It takes time for the horse to work out what is expected of him so if you practise this for a few minutes each day he will begin to understand.
Always be consistent otherwise, the horse will get confused.
Teaching the horse to back up in hand.
When your horse is old enough to be ridden, you will teach it to rein-back but before you do that it needs to learn to back up in hand.
Stand in front of the horse with one hand by the noseband of the head collar and the other hand on his chest, and then push him back talking to him at the same time “back!” This can be useful in many situations.
The last thing you want is a pony that won’t move out of your way!
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