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    10-01-2011, 07:22 PM
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Green Broke
How To Sit a Rear?

Hey guys! So I was riding Cheyenne on Thursday and she got SUPER hot because we had been having races with a friend of mine on her horse. So I was going to do the barrel pattern and Cheyenne started jumping around like crazy. I tried to get her to just halt and stand still and she did for a seconds then through up her head and started turning and hopping around again. So I stopped her and tried to back her up and she kept jumping around and then I tried to get her to just stand still for a few seconds again and she went into a HUGE rear. She's hopped up onto her back legs before but this was a huge, actual, rear and she's never done that before. So I leaned forward and pushed down on her neck and told her to 'get down' and she did then kept bouncing around.
I thought what I did was right and my friend said that I sat it well but I was just wondering if it WAS right, what I could've done better and stuff. I had never been on a REAL rear before so I just thought it might make sense that I'd lean forward but I could be wrong, so that's why I posted this thread, I was just wondering. It was pretty scary at the time and I hope she won't do it again. However looking back on it, if I had done it on purpose I think it would've been pretty fun lol
     
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    10-01-2011, 07:44 PM
  #2
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You did the right thing by leaning forward. You are supposed to lean forward, give on your reins a lot, and then depending on how high it is you wrap your arms around the neck and hold on. Make sure not to pull on your reins at all because you will flip the horse right over onto you.

I ride this Andalusian cross that is just being broken and she will rear straight in the air when you try to get her to canter. Of course I don't care cause I love rears(: But I just give her the reins and eventually she is fine I just ride it out.

Good luck! :)
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    10-01-2011, 07:53 PM
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Green Broke
^^ okay thanks! Must be annoying to have so many rears! A horse at my barn kicks if you ask for a canter, but strangely she kicks sideways not back. Quite strange. I wish my friend had a camera on her at the time of that rear, apparently we looked like movie stars lol
     
    10-01-2011, 07:58 PM
  #4
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No I love all the rears actually! :). They don't scare me at all anymore I love dealing with the sassy mares. Keeps life interesting haha.
I'm sure you guys did look like a movie star high rears are pretty awesome to look at!
     
    10-01-2011, 08:48 PM
  #5
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Don't get into a habit of loving rears, unless you want to go to Hollywood school for stunt riders. Rearing is probably THE most dangerous bad habit a horse can have. I am not saying that Cheyenne has a habit of rearing. But to me, it is not something to be taken lightly.

You should not be thinking "did I do a good job of riding through that rear?" (which you did, btw) , but "how can I avoid that ever happening again?"

You need to start feeling for when your horse is at the place where she simply cannot contain herself anymore , because if you try to bottle her up tighter in a situation like that, and expect her to stand still, then she is going to go the only direction open to her , and that;s UP!

Instead of expecting her to stand still when it's obvious that she is just too pent up to do that, let her move, but make it moving to what you ask her to do. Like moving in a small circle. This will help her to stay more relaxed and you might even keep her mentally more "with" you if you can change these circles fro one direction to the other. But holding her back if she is that excited is asking for a rear, and as cute as some folks make it sound, it is not to be taken lightly.
     
    10-01-2011, 08:56 PM
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Instead of expecting her to stand still when it's obvious that she is just too pent up to do that, let her move, but make it moving to what you ask her to do. Like moving in a small circle. This will help her to stay more relaxed and you might even keep her mentally more "with" you if you can change these circles fro one direction to the other.

If you do this with a horse regularly will it help them to relax quicker or is it just to help get through the current situation? I have a mare of does little rears and prancing when I hold her back on the trail if other people are going ahead. I just tried to keep her still like the OP did... thought we were going to end up upside down off the trail so I'd love to try this next time.
     
    10-01-2011, 09:15 PM
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There have been some other threads on how to deal with rearing. I don't have much personal experience dealing with a horse that rears, and I know I don't want to get to that place. So, I would use that way of letting the horse circle to defuse the thought of rearing. Once they get in the habit of thinking about rearing for every time they are thwarted , then it's a hard habit to break.

So, if I think the horse is thinkking about rearing, I am going to change something right then and there. It could be that I ask the horse to go forward or that I let them circle . Maybe other posters will have some better ideas. I just don't want to get into the place where my horse is rearing, int he first place.
     
    10-01-2011, 09:19 PM
  #8
Showing
MySerenity, when you held your mare back on a trail ride, you placed her on the outside edge of the herd where all the predators hang out. This is why she does what she does. Safety in numbers....
     
    10-01-2011, 09:46 PM
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MySerenity, when you held your mare back on a trail ride, you placed her on the outside edge of the herd where all the predators hang out. This is why she does what she does. Safety in numbers....


Actually she was with the rest of the herd and only 1 horse was going out ahead, but this horse was her new buddy so I'm guessing your logic still partially applies. Predator or not, she's going to have to learn to deal with it better (or I'm going to have to teach her to deal with it better)


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    10-02-2011, 09:04 PM
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Green Broke
Tinyliny- that makes sense, thanks! She usually just jumps around so I guess I wasn't expecting her to give an actual rear!
     

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