Hi there! My gelding, Sam, has been with me for about two months. His former owner said he has never bucked or reared under saddle, and until tonight I hadn't seen him do either. I let one of the girls at the barn ride him bareback tonight -- she's only 10 but she's the BO's daughter and is 10 times the rider I could hope to be. Anyway, she got on him and he walked off from the block, so I told her to back him up and make him stand (I'm trying to get him to stand still after I mount). I looked down and then when I looked back up he was coming down from a tiny rear. I asked her what she was doing when it happened, and she said she was see-sawing the reins to back him up but very gently. She can be a little heavy handed, but if she said gently I doubt she was really yanking. I never see-saw on his face, but it still concerns me that he came up like that (didn't concern her...).
A few minutes later she had been sitting on him watching another girl working with a horse, and I had her get off so I could lunge him for a minute to see if he seemed off, and he did, so I didn't let her get back on. The chiropractor is already scheduled to come out tomorrow, so hopefully we'll deal with whatever is hurting him then, but the little rear concerns me.
Sam is my first horse as an adult (I owned my lesson horse when I was younger), and I've only consistently ridden a handful of horses since I got back into riding, and none of them have ever offered to rear, so I'm not sure if I should be concerned.
What would you all get from this incident? Do you think the fact that he reared (out of character) means he's in extreme pain? Would you be concerned that a tiny rear is indicative of more serious behavior?
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