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    01-31-2010, 02:48 PM
Question Rearing Tips?


Lets share our tips about rearing shall we? And what you should never do when a horse rears.

While I am at it, can you give me some tips when my horse rears? He doe's it a-lot when he is bored...

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    01-31-2010, 03:06 PM
Horses don't rear because they are bored. They rear because they are confused and you are putting too much pressure on them. Get thier feet freed up and get them bending thier face, neck and body and the problem of rearing will go away.
    01-31-2010, 03:36 PM
Just saying what everyone else say's... Thanks though

Any more tips every one?
    01-31-2010, 04:43 PM
What kevinshorses said. ^^^^^


Rearing is a primarily a disobedience of not going forward. Chronic rearing is common in lazy or sour horses that do not want to move forward off the rider's leg or who have learned it's an effective technique to avoid work or situations that they find unpleasant.

However, it is not something to be messed around with. The potential for the horse miscalculating and falling/flipping over or the rider being unbalanced and pulling the horse over are both high. Get some professional help with the horse, or if that is not an option, post a video of the horse under saddle.
    01-31-2010, 06:39 PM
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I second everything that has been said!
    01-31-2010, 07:25 PM
What do you mean you're "just saying what everyone else says"? You said "MY horse rears. He does it a lot when he's bored."
    01-31-2010, 07:39 PM
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I would geuss she's saying what people have told her, that he's bored. Sometimes with a chronic rearer there really isn't always a "reason" for him to rear. I have a chronic rearer. He rears when he doesn't want to work, when he's done with his trail ride and wants to go home, when I've been standing too long and he wants to get put away, He'll even rear when I'm on the ground with him. For the most part it's disobedience as Kevin says. With mine there is no pain and definitely no fear, I've had the horse for almost 23 years. I have never been able to "cure" his rearing. The one thing I have never tried, and will never try, is to flip him over. I don't believe in that.

My suggestion is first to rule out any pain. Make sure your saddle fits correctly and that you don't have any teeth issues. Now, I am assuming you've ruled out fear because you are saying that the horse is "bored". Which means he's not afraid. That makes me think you are dealing with a disobedient horse. He can be a kind and loving horse and still be disobedient...

With rearing you first need to learn to "feel" the rear before it comes. You'll feel it in the shoulders, there will be a tensing, or a bunching of the shoulders just before he go's up. BEFORE he go's up you need to move him forward. If he's moving forward, he can't go up. So keeping him moving. If you miss the sign and he pops the rear then you can yank the rein quickly to the right or left to knock him off balance, he'll throw his feet down, the instant his feet hit the ground you've got to kick him forward. If you don't get him moving forward then you'll end up in another rear. You can pop him in the head between the ears but the thing with that is, you HAVE to do it on the UPWARD motion. If you do it on the way down it has no effect. The thought behind a pop between the ears in mid-rear is that the horse thinks it's hit it's head, if you don't time it right then it doesn't work.

You can use a tie down but that won't fix the problem. I've got many other things that I've done but to be honost, my horse is 25, almost 26 and will still rear.
    01-31-2010, 07:46 PM
Horses want to get along with us they don't disobey because they don't want to do what we are asking. Most of the time they just aren't understanding what they are being ask or they have not had an appropriate release for doing what we want so they have given up. Rearing is the horse equivalent of screaming and flailing your arms in panic. A horse doesn't want to rear but they feel like they need to do something and they don't know what else to do.

If everybody is telling you he is dealing with being bored by rearing then they are wrong and painfully ignorant of how a horse thinks. If you get your horse to disengage his hindend from the ground and in the saddle and get lateral and vertical flexion then there will be very little rearing and bucking. You don't have to chase your horse around a pen with a 50 dollar stick to fix these things either. You need to be able to move your horses feet around and break the pattern in his mind that causes a rear.
    01-31-2010, 08:02 PM
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I didn't say "nothing" about a $50 stick... My horse rears rather then buck. I think it takes less effort for him....
    01-31-2010, 11:53 PM
I definitely see what farmpony means, some horses seem to see rearing as something similar to bucking and sometimes will do it out of disrespect (in that at that moment he is not seeing you as his leader, not that he is trying to "get under your skin" because that is obviously not how horses think)
My horse has never reared undersaddle, at least not with me, but on the ground when I am working with him he will occasionally rear (though not a full totally vertical rear as usually seen done in fear..but still pretty high up there) and he does it as an act of dominance and stops when I regain his respect.

Anyway, just thought I'd toss in my two cents, off I go. =)

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