Training a horse to back up with collection horse training will allow the horse rider to have control over the horse. Learn how to train a horse to back up using collection training with tips from a horse trainer in this free horse riding video.

Expert: Kathy Kentala
Bio: Kathy Kentala owns the Bee Cave Riding Center in Austin, TX. She also owns Signal Hill Ranch, a western venue specializing in team penning and ranch sorting, barrels, poles, and other speed events.
Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA


25 Responses to Beginning Horse Riding : Collection Horse Training Backing Up

  1. Anonymous says:

    where do they find their “experts?”

  2. Anonymous says:

    she doesnt even understand what she is teaching.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand all the negativity… even when she’s backing the horse up, there is slack in the reins. She isn’t PULLING on the reins, she is SQUEEZING and giving light pressure. She bumps with her legs to make the horse back more quickly. Did you guys even listen to the video? Her hands are light the entire time. Squeezing and releasing every time the horse takes a step is for TRAINING. This horse obviously knows how to back up and can now have constant pressure like a big boy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    @froggiesheins it is fairly evident that the rider is not a entry level rider.
    The transition from backing to walking forward was smooth and done without rein aids.
    The crooked back ups show a rider that can move either end of her mount laterally.
    Western is just sloppy (also more relaxed and enjoyable) English. I takes an eye to recognize what is good.

  5. Anonymous says:

    She is giving and releasing pressure

  6. Anonymous says:

    It would be awesome to actually watch the video, and not just look at all of the words……..

  7. Anonymous says:

    I agree that when dealing with horses it is commonly known to give then immediately release pressure. But if you release the pressure too soon when backing up the horse will stop backing up right? Some horses learn different. I know with my gelding when making him walk in tight circles I have to keep bumping him with my legs because he wants to stop. Unexperienced horses need different techniques.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I like and find it funny how the horse shook its head no at the end. LOL

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s the energy of your core that is the main communication, not the arms and not the heels.

  10. Anonymous says:

    OH MY GOSH IM SO NERVOUS i have been looking at a thousand videos because this is my second time horseriding and they expect u to know everything and remember it from the first lesson oh my goshhhhhhh

  11. Anonymous says:

    It is called a rear cinch and it is used on most all western saddles. It keeps the back of the saddle from coming up off the horse usually when you rope a cow.

  12. Anonymous says:

    are you sure you’re looking at the girth? cause one some western saddles, there’s a piece of leather behind the girth that’s supposed to be loose like that.. the bucking strap. idk if that’s what you were looking at, but yeah.. hahaha(:

  13. Anonymous says:

    well i assume you’re english.. since your name is DressageJumper101.. but in western, the posture is much more relaxed than english, so it’s really not that bad.. haha but i know how you feel. i went from a hunter barn to a barn where they mostly do western. oh boy it was like hard to not sit up straight all the time. hahahaha so yeah. it’s just different(:

  14. Anonymous says:

    Haha, Funny if she did fall off! Is her Girth too forward of is that just typical western?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Your right, It’s way too loose! I’m surprised she didn’t fall off! Bt, that horse looks like one that gallops when told to canter!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Is there something wrong with that Girth? Or is it just me?

  17. Anonymous says:

    I thought she handled that horse quite well. Can any of you back a horse up like that and then forward again without any help from the reins, and with all the instruction coming from the legs and feet? ……….. Ya! thats what I thought…. so go back to watching hee-haw! and leave your immature comments there.

  18. Anonymous says:

    the only thing I would do differantly is immediatly release the reins. I notice the rider is constantly pulling on the reins.
    Other then that I think this is good advice! Anyone who doesnt try to take in some of these tips is a no-it-all who probably cant ride for shit.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Apparently you don’t know very much, just go to a riding stable and take lessons

  20. Anonymous says:

    lol of curse not XD

  21. Anonymous says:

    do i need a license to ride a horse?

  22. Anonymous says:


  23. Anonymous says:

    she has such bad posture and its all around a terrible video

  24. Anonymous says:

    Her toes are too high. your legs should be kinda dangling, otherwise, it will stress out the horse.

  25. Anonymous says: