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        12-14-2010, 05:49 AM
    Well if you've sent her to someone that you think is a professional, that has had good results in horses before, I would put her down. Yep I'm prepared for people on here to launch attacks at me, but I am of the belief that there are so many good horses in the world, that why bother keeping the bad ones?
    If she is going to rear spasmodically on you, she is dangerous, not just naughty, dangerous. Once or twice ok, you can deal with it and find out what the problem is, but a horse that has learnt to rear as an evasion is plain deadly.
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        12-14-2010, 05:50 AM
    IT time to get a trainer for your own safety you can't really fix rearing yourself it needs proffesional help.
    However with my girl when she gets contrary and I feel a tantrum coming I strop everything im doing drop the reins and stand and chill for 5mins. Sometimes your inadvertently stressing a horse out without realising and causin them to panic
        12-14-2010, 05:54 AM
    MaggiStar you made a good point. OP, I would be curious to see a video of you riding this horse. It is possible that you are blocking her in front, giving her no other way to go than up. However from the way you have explained it, it sounds like she gives little to no warning and goes up totally out of the blue?
        12-14-2010, 06:41 AM
    Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
    IT time to get a trainer for your own safety you can't really fix rearing yourself it needs proffesional help.
    However with my girl when she gets contrary and I feel a tantrum coming I strop everything im doing drop the reins and stand and chill for 5mins. Sometimes your inadvertently stressing a horse out without realising and causin them to panic
    My new mare started rearing on me and my trainer and I thought it was because she had never been ground driven before or had contact on her mouth. She reared straight up and held it 7 times. Not ok. Then she reared with me on her. I'm a trained rider for general trick riding so when she reared with me on her I stayed up, released the reins and bopped her hard on the head. She came back down and we didn't move forward until she was done huffing and puffing.

    This weekend I happened to mention it to my farrier and he took a look at her feet and noted that her shoes were WAY to small and pinching. The lady I bought her from I guess had a really dumb farrier because these shoes were a 2 and she wears a 4. After he moved her up two sizes I rode her that day, lunged and ground drove and she moved way better, no attitude at all, happy horse. Her rearing, we think, was because her feet hurt really bad.

    With your horse please get a trainer and maybe have a saddle fit check and chiro done just to rule things out? If it's a problem going forward then keep changing directions, serpentine, do circles. Avoid long straight lines. Maybe 2-3 strides straight at a time. If she tenses and tosses her head relax, breathe, and losen your reins up. Feel it before it happens. You said she became tense and tossed her head around. That is your cue to stop what you're doing and make her stand until she's relaxed. It's back to basics. But please get a trainer to work through this with you and her.
        12-14-2010, 09:57 PM
    Originally Posted by dillon    
    I have sent her away but they sent her back saying she wont do it and she does!
    If she doesn't rear with the trainer, then that tells me it is something that is different when you are with her. Did she have the same tack at the trainer's? Maybe you could have the trainer work with both of you together; you could be doing something that is confusing her or causing her pain. My horse tends to rear when she is confused and is pushed into a situation when she is insecure.

    As posted, perhaps you could post a video and fresh eyes might see something you are unaware of.
        12-15-2010, 02:03 AM
    One trainer I know carries a bottle of water on her rearers, she has very few of them but when one does go up she squirts it over the head with the water, it seems to make the horse think that they have hit their head and are bleeding, so they generally don't go up as often or as high after that.
    I've never used this as *thankfully* I've never had a horse that consistantly rears but if you have no other option after trying what others have suggested, maybe you could try the bottle?
        12-15-2010, 02:22 AM
    Oops I just realised that I didn't read your reply correctly dillon, that northernmama just quoted.
    If she was not rearing with a trainer, particularly if she was put under a lot of pressure, then you need to look at yourself, as northenmama said. Get yourself in for some lessons and tell the instructor about the rearing problem. As I said in an earlier post, it is possible that you are 'blocking' her to the point that she has no where else to go but up.
        12-15-2010, 03:40 AM
    Green Broke
    I had a horse that would rear on a totally slack rein. It was her way of throwing a temper tantrum when she refused to leave the property (she was terribly barn sour).

    That is the one thing that scares me really bad- rearing. I tried working with her for about a month but she had my number. Then I spent another month trying to sell her. Finally a horse trader got a hold of her. At that point (and I am anti-slaughter mind you) I was so frustrated with her, I didn't care where she ended up. Worst horse I ever had. I learned a lot after that one. Like trying a horse out thoroughly before you buy it. And she gave me a fear of horses I never had before I got her. Man, that brings back some bad memories.

    Now, I had another horse, and Arab gelding, that would sometimes rear if he wanted to go forward and you were holding him back. I learned to work with his energy and kept him moving when he was in that "mood" and the rearing never scared me or got out of hand. I never felt like the rearing was directed at me. He was just like a hyper active kid. Instead of trying to make him stand still, I would give him slack rein and turn him in circles. So I knew how to prevent it, and we got along great. As a matter of fact, I considered him a really fun horse.

    Now the first horse, the mare, I felt really threatened by, because she was doing it as a temper tantrum to get out of working. I felt it was done to intimidate me. And it worked.
        12-15-2010, 05:10 AM
    Well yes I can be walking on a long rein and she will just shake her head and rear I am thinking it is her way of saying she is fresh and has a lot of energy.
        12-15-2010, 07:09 AM
    Green Broke
    Ok, I read through this thread. May have missed some things. Here is my suggestion: have you driven her before? Can you? Tacked up and same bridle. If not, try it and get her to move forward. You need to figure out the trigger. Stubborn? Young? There is some miscommunication here and you need to figure it out. Do you lunge before you ride? You say she seems full of energy and fresh.

    I wouldn't hit her on the head. That's my personal feeling. Someone I knew used to do that and I don't think it worked other than to give the horse a sense of pain from the thing on its back.

    If you can afford a trainer then go for it. Because you've only had her for a short time you both don't know each other that well and she is probably testing you. This must have worked for her in the past. Now to change that she needs a strong person. I hope you can get past this safely and continue a bonding and fun relationship with her.
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