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View Poll Results: Would you rather own a bucker or a rearer?
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post #61 of 88 Old 12-09-2008, 11:08 AM
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LOL Mom3X I want that option too!!!

If I HAD to choose it would be the bucker. I don't want smooshed.

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post #62 of 88 Old 12-09-2008, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps View Post
a bucker for me. To me a rearer is more dangerous...and it freaks me out more. Were-as I've been on so many buckers that it doesn't bother me at all
Same here bcukers are just day-to -day for me now. I think a rearer is easier to get down but the thought of a horse filping over and almost landing on me again isn't as fun lol.
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post #63 of 88 Old 12-09-2008, 05:55 PM
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well either if possible. had a horse rear and land on top of me before...and had a horse buck me off and many bones were broken in this body....SO NEITHER IF POSSIBLE....
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post #64 of 88 Old 12-10-2008, 08:06 PM
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i would much rather a bucker cause my friend fell of sam the first day she rode him, he reared cause he got spooked my friend was lucky that sam didnt fall on her cause she didnt know what to do when a horse rears so she lent back and sam came falling on to her but luckly her mum had sam on a lead rope and pulled him away from her before he did fall on her, poor girl she will not ride sam again, i asked her if she wanted to ride a few months ago and she was all happy to ride him and all but fear took over and just before she got on she bursted out with tears :( but she is just happy to watch me ride from a distance and to pat sam.
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post #65 of 88 Old 12-14-2008, 03:43 AM
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Most definitely a rearer!!! I am a very gutsy rider and have been on so many training horses in my riding life I just feel more secure with a rear then a buck. One of my horses I sold a few years ago was a fox hunter and at the check point he was rear, not as he was being bad, but he loved his job and would get very impatient as he wanted to continue. Most of the time at the check I would just be chatting with someone and all of a sudden would see this head going way above me - it didn't really faze me or anything. After a while half the time I didn't even notice it, it was just something that happened.

Now one summer we were doing ring work and he was being a little terd and did rear up on him and spin on his hind legs 360 degrees and I wasn't to happy with that, but yea I would rather a rearer then a bucker, but thats just me.
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post #66 of 88 Old 12-15-2008, 09:38 PM
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if i had to have a bucker or a rearer. i would choose a rearer in a heartbeat just bc its easier to stay on when they rear.. and buckin your gonna be sore wether you hold on or they get you off esspicialy if your not ready!
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post #67 of 88 Old 12-17-2008, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Kentucky View Post
True any horse can be unpredictable, but i think y'all know what I meant. I meant that any horse with serious vice and will not be trained out of it, will be sold to someone who can deal with it.
I think that there is a difference between a "happy" buck and one that is overall serious and meant for trouble. When a horse hasnt been worked in a while you expect it to have some kind of antics under its sleeve before you ride it. That is where groundwork and lunging come into play, round pen work, ect. I am not scared of riding either out, but I would much rather ride a bucker then a rearer. A rearing horse is so much more dangerous, being off kilter and in the air. I have ridden both before, and the mare I rode almost jumped/reared right into a whole bunch of round pen panels Its not something that I would like to repeat. My Curly geding is seven years old (wasnt trained till he was five, going on six) and will buck and rear occasionally. As long as you know how to handle it in a calm manner and dont let them get away with it and learn to notice the signs before it all happens, then everything will be ok.

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post #68 of 88 Old 12-17-2008, 10:43 AM
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I agree with that.

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post #69 of 88 Old 12-18-2008, 10:32 AM
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If the bucking is meant to get you off, then I'd much rather go with a rear. I've been bucked off bronco times several times, and while I was lucky not to have broken anything, I'd much rather sit a rear. Hear's why:

When horses rear, in general, its not to unseat you.. The easiest way to do that is to buck. Rearing comes from a) a bad habit, b) spooking, c) not understanding what you want and responding to a strong bit.

If your horse has a soft mouth, and you are yanking and pulling on the bit, eventually you'll get them to rear. Some horses rear when they spook, though I've personally never experienced it. I've ridden bad habit rears and not understanding rears. Here's the deal closer: Rearing (especially with a rider) requires a lot of athleticism, to go fully verticle is almost impossible for most horses, except those extremely well balanced and well muscled.. Generally riders who lean forward will stop a rear before it gets much higher because they mess up the horse's flow by moving.

Bucking however is more of the horse "throwing a fit" and true bucking meant to get you off: will get you off almost every time, unless you catch it right away. Any horse can throw a fit, and even an untoned horse can be a very strong bucker if you p*ss it off.

Not only does rearing require muscling and talent, unless the horse truly is spooking, it requires a lot of confidence. Its something the horse either does at play in the pasture or in his stall out of boredom, etc. In general a horse won't rear under saddle out of nowhere, the habit is picked up somewhere else and translated under saddle with some sort of stress or trying to distract the rider from working.

My filly used to rear under saddle, it became almost guaranteed every time we rode. She also would get on her hind feet in her stall and look over the stall wall at the other horses. She would balance herself on her hind feet for quite a few minutes, she looked like a Lab really. Yet it was her bucks that threw me off and left me bruised for a couple weeks, and in too much pain to ride for a week.

Also, its easier to stop a rear. Generally bucking gives a horse momentum for each following buck, which is why horses revert to bronco bucking when they get upset. I feel like it requires little thought, and in little time, their rider is off. Rearing however, often has some other motivation. It requires too much effort, concentration, muscling, and plain old talent to be able to do multiple times in a row, and with enough magnitude to unseat you. There is downtime between rears, time for you to prepare, time for you to nip it in the bud and push them through it. If the horse is good, and throwing a playful buck, then yes I'd rather ride that. However if the horse is trying to throw you off, I'd rather ride a rear.

Also, I think a lot of times, young or green horses pull rearing because they may feed off a rider's lack of confidence. (I think thats the reason my filly reared with me, after the first time she did it, I was terrified she'd do it again, and so on. Eventually I realized her rearing was less scary than her bucking, and I was determined to woop her little butt into shape and getting her to respect me. After I decided I'd rather take my chances, than be pushed around by her bratty behavior.. she eventually got the hint, with the little help from a martingale and check, she no longer bucks or rears.. and I can ride her in minimal gear, she won't even try it)

Horses who are naturally independent, confident, and I'd say "intermediate-advanced rider horses" (even after they're fully trained) are more likely to feed off a rider's internal state and play games with the rider. They sense your nervousness or scared, and they think if I rear, I wonder what she'll do. Then they realize you got even more nervous, and eventually they think "If I rear, I'll get out of doing work" etc. Rearing scared me more, for the same reasons it did a lot of you. I had only ridden a rear on one other horse, it was new and scary because it was a different outlet of power I had never experienced before.

However if you recognize rears for what they are, they really aren't that scary. If the horse is spooking, its probably only going to be one powerful rear, if your on your A game, you should catch the horse spooking before it rears and anticipate what to do as the rear happens. Once the rear happens, they may bolt, which I think is more dangerous than rearing. However if its just plain old counterproductive behavior, they aren't going to be so high (depending on your horses balance and muscling) or scary, and a little confidence and scary voice should scare it out of them. If its a bad response to the bit or rider error, then fixing the rider error should fix the rear.

Bucks are way more unpredictable and dangerous IMO.
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post #70 of 88 Old 12-18-2008, 10:40 AM
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I forgot to add that, Bucks can happen in motion.. where as rearing the horse really needs to slow down to a walk and pretty much stop for. Giving you major insight to when its going to happen.
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