People often train horses to rear poorly. 80% or the people that I have seen have taught the horses through frustration, yanking on the horses mouth repeatedly, while kicking causing such frustration that the horse rears up. This type of rearer has not been taught the balance nor the forward movement to make a good, safer rear. These horses are a danger risk to anyone who rides, because of the frustration at any time can flip over BACKWARDS not on their sides, and KILL both horse and rider.
It is very easy for a rider to throw a rearing horse off balance and cause it to fall. Its like you standing on your toes, one one foot, and then someone pulls on you hair out of no where.
A well trained horse would come with what they need for an experienced rider to ride them as they reared. They know how to balance themselves correctly, and have the muscle and skill to bring both them and their rider up. A beginner rider can still pull said horse over with ease on accident. There is a reason actors in movies use stunt people to ride the horse when they do this.
I have a horse that I taught to rear because he was the first horse. I had no intentions of teaching this to him until he started rearing out of frustration, with no provocation. And he started flipping on me, I barely managed to not be crushed. So instead I taught him how to properly rear with balance, instead of just throwing himself up and back, he never flipped again. Only then was I able to address the rearing problem. Would I let anyone else ask my horse to rear? No way in heck. Not ever.
Sorry I highly suggest that you hire a trick horse and rider and videotape them.
Last edited by Horsesdontlie; 07-22-2011 at 12:52 PM.