I have a mare who is a little cold backed, would the rope exercise help?

23 Feb

“Stacy, I have a mare I started last fall and she is a little cold backed. Would the rope exercise have shown or helped that problem? Have you had this issue with a colt before?”

Usually the rope exercise will help. I do so much groundwork that I haven’t run into this problem with horses I have started. I have had it with horses that were brought to me. The exercises will help it; in some horses it goes away, in others it improves. Prevention seems to be key.

Watch again how much preparation/prevention goes into Jac’s training.


Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Members Question, Video


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5 responses to “I have a mare who is a little cold backed, would the rope exercise help?

  1. Sadie

    February 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Cold backed as in……?

    • Stacy

      February 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      I have most often heard the term used when addressing a horses that when first saddled shows signs of resistance. That could include; dancing around during saddling, arching back when girthed up, walking off stiff legged or taking tiny steps, resistance to move forward followed by bucking, etc.

  2. Lori Tucker

    February 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    My gelding is 9 and has had a difficult time learning a flying change from left to right. He has a very nice, easy change right to left. He feels like we are teaching a right handed hitter to hit left handed. He has been off a year due to an injury and is now coming back into training. I have had him totally checked over and resolved soreness issues that I thought might have caused the proir training issues. Do you have any suggestion to help us? I would really like to accomplish this goal. Thanks you are truely amazing.

    • Stacy

      February 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Lori-your question became todays blog!
      Now you can read what I said as well as the comments on the blog and on FB, hope it helps!

  3. Bill Swart

    February 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Yes, about cold backs, I always did ground work until a colt would roll his eyes and fetch me the longline when I came in the barn. That worked well with Arab & Q-Horse youngsters, and well with a 2 year old mustang I started, but not so much with the 6 year old mustang. But I’m convinced another month of planned work on the longline and he’d have been a pussycat.
    Bill Swart, Mt Pleasant Mi


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