I am just starting my horse under the saddle. I have worked on ground manners and everything. I got on her today and she backs up just fine but she wont move forward. When I get off and lead her she walks fine but as soon as i get on her back she doesn’t like to walk. What can I do? Emily
A couple of quick reminders when working with horses, then I’ll refer you to some more in-depth articles as I have answered this question several times before on the Horse Information Roundup on my website horsekeeping.com
1. I never teach a horse to back up until they have learned to move energetically forward from a standstill and from each gait into the next gait. Forward is the key to all else so much come first.
2. Make sure when you ask for forward movement, you don’t have so much contact on the reins that the horse is afraid to move into the pressure of the bit. Invite the horse to move forward by allowing him to move into very light contact.
3. Instead of asking a horse to move straight forward, turn the horse to one side or the other. This untracks the horse and gets him thinking along the lines of movement.
Now for more details, if you read the following articles you will find things that will be appropriate for your horse and your situation. Click on the links below.