All of you make very good points! I realize that this is very dangerous, but, you have to realize that I would *Never* do this on a horse that I felt would blow up on me. I have taught him to do many things already, including doing groundwork (like Clinton Anderson's horse Mindy) halterless. Obviously, he's not as good as she is, yet, but I intend to get him there! This has taken me about a month and a half to get him to this point. You also have to realize that I videotape my workouts on my ipod so that I can get the screenshots (nobody tell!! It's a secret!) for the pictures that I take. The first picture that I posted was his highest... and I don't plan on much higher as I'm a chicken when it comes to these things.
Yes, I barrel race, yes, I break colts for my aunt lol. Odd, right? Also, I plan on owning this horse for the rest of his life! If a freak accident happens and I am forced to sell him, I will make sure that the new owners know about his rearing button, although it would be extremely hard to get, unless you're just plain stupid and need a beginners horse, which he is not. I'm sure it could happen, but the odds are it won't. Either way, I would make sure that the new owners knew what his rearing button is. The reason why I started teaching him to rear is because of a bad habit he had learned before I got him. When pivoting, he would like to half-rear around the circle. So, I began teaching him the difference of a rear from a pivot, and he has since gotten really good at his pivots! I personally know someone who landed herself in a wheelchair for the better half of a year for a horse rearing and falling over top of her... she just barely missed the horn. The accident happened on bad footing at a barrel race. Thank you all for the advice and opinions, this was just kind of my victory post. Yesterday he finally made three full pivots to the left and to the right, rear not included!
*Sorry if there are typos or if that didn't make any sense... I'm on my way out the door this morning and typed this in about two minutes flat.