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Backing Up in Hand with Armin Arnoldt

It is, however, a necessary skill to teach young horses, as there will be countless occasions where they will have to back up obediently and straight, such as out of trailers, during a dressage test, into wash stalls, and away from trouble (or off your foot!). Armin Arnoldt offer some tips for teaching (or re-training) a horse to back up properly: “Training to back up should start when they're babies. With the little ones I go into the stall with them, because it provides the confines and the walls to use as an aid for straightness. With their halter and lead rein on, place them beside the wall and ask them to back up. You can either stand directly in front of the horse, or you can also do it from the side, which creates a channel between you and the wall. If you stand in front be very aware,…

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