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Bucker or Rearer... which would you rather have?

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    View Poll Results: Would you rather own a bucker or a rearer?
    Bucker 84 74.34%
    Rearer 29 25.66%
    Voters: 113. You may not vote on this poll

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        01-11-2009, 12:10 PM
    WOW, I just saw this thread and voted and was surprised it's like 75% would rather ride a bucker.

    NO ME!!!

    I guess it's because, to me a rearer is so simple to stay on. You just keep yourself vertical to the ground by moving your upper body forward.

    My Uncle bought one horse from a lady, a leopard App, he had learned to rear and on the third rear would flip over backwards, break the saddle. Everyone was scared to ride him so he didn't get ridden.

    My Uncle did love be but put me on him and told me: first rear you lay into him and move him forward and work his butt. First the crop back and forth across his neck right infront of the saddle, while yelling and growling until he quits the rear. You want him out of the rear and moving off immediately then, work him and make him sweat.

    I took him for a canter, we did figure eights, spiiral in and out. We went to the trot and did some more of the same in that gait, until he was blowing a bit and starting to tire. Then walked on back to the place he reared at.
    I did that the one time on the first rear and he NEVER tried it again.

    My uncle said: They can't rear very well when they're working, it's easiest for them to rear when they're standing still but, they can buck whatever they're doing.

    Rearing is much easier for me to ride and cure.
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        01-11-2009, 02:55 PM
        01-11-2009, 03:50 PM
    I honestly don't care either way. I've ridden both, and I think they're both easy to handle; just get the horse moving forward again. A few pages back (because I'm weird and read every post) drop the reins made a very good post on horses that rear, and I agree, but personally I find bucking easier to deal with. It may not be like that for everyone, but if you have the horse moving forward and balanced, they won't be able to buck. Balanced being the key word there. As soon as you let a rambunctious horse get on the forehand you will have the higher chance of a buck. It's all a matter of keeping the forward motion as well as the balance by making the horse work through their back to connect with your hands.

    My old mare had a habit of rearing when she didn't want to do something. I can recall a specific time at a show when I asked her to move forward past something that she had been eye-balling, and she decided to try and rear. All it took was a firm leg and a tap with the crop and she kept going.

    So, if I had to choose, either one, really. But of course I would prefer neither.
        01-11-2009, 04:36 PM
    Can I just pick "no." ?? :)

    I would pick a Kangeroo-er but I think Misty is the only one around, if she if feeling well/lively she basically bounces on all fours

    But I would say bucker since I wouldn't want my horsie squishing me or snapping its neck
        01-12-2009, 04:24 PM
    The horses I have rode are all buckers, so I guess I prefer buckers but not if they're the sort that fool you in to thinking they are going to buck sent you flying and don't actually leave the ground themselves lol

    Although our young horse who is only 2yo sometimes rears when leading when she gets excited but currently i'm not worried about that as she means no harm i'll get back to you on it when we're breaking her :)

    And i'd like to note that every horse is slightly dangerous as it has it's own mind so you can never tell when it may get unexpectedly frightened.
        01-12-2009, 04:27 PM
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    My rearer has very good balance and for the most part is pretty easy to stay on. But i've seen rearers come completely over... I'd rather ride a bucker... even if it means a quick soar over the head and a hard land on the butt.... much better then watching the sun go dark as 1000 lbs come down on you... my thoughts...

    Plus, alot of buckers "grow out of it".... my rearer is going to be 25 in march... he hasnt grown out of it yet......
        01-12-2009, 04:45 PM
    I agree farmpony84. Many rearers do have great balance but as you say some can go completely over.

    My friend had a rearer described as bombproof when she brought it the first time she rode it he was fine the second time he had alittle play and reared abit but the third time she got on him, he reared to a vertical. She said she could feel him going as soon as he went too upright, she fell and managed to roll out of the way, as she described it as happening in slow motion, she escaped alive with a broken arm and two broken ribs

    Quite lucky i'd say as when she researched the horse it turned out he had a history of rearing and had even paralysed his owner before the one before her, hence the cover up from the guy who sold him her.

    But I can say everything turned out ok as she had the horse rehabilitated and it worked! He had quite a dented history due to cruelty, which had caused aggresive behaviour but now he's a great horse and my friend has had him for 6 happy years now!
        01-12-2009, 10:35 PM
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    The carrot bandit just got me!

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