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    09-15-2013, 01:09 AM
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Foal
horse rears

My horse rears at random times but mostly when. She doesn't want to do something, and only when I'm on her. The worst has been getting her to go over a 1/2 pvc pipe on the ground. I've worked her in the round pen running walking and trotting and she's flawless with it but when I'm on her she is scared of it and rears sometimes any suggestions?
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    09-15-2013, 01:11 AM
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Trained
Mmm, so is it when she doesn't want to do something, or when she is scared? Is it a full out rear, or just a little lift at the front as she spins to run away?
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    09-15-2013, 09:42 AM
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Yearling
Is she maybe in pain somewhere? Where are your hands right before she rears? I have a gelding who rears, his previous owners would get scared and pull on his mouth when he did something that startled them, which would startle him, and hed go up to get away from the pressure of the bit. Anything from a couple inches off the ground to full on omg he's going to flip type stuff. They'd get more scared and get off, thus rewarding the behavior. So now, when he's done working, he throws his head and does these little pop rears.
     
    09-15-2013, 05:02 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Mmm, so is it when she doesn't want to do something, or when she is scared? Is it a full out rear, or just a little lift at the front as she spins to run away?
She has reared full out 3 times the other times were half rears or less the first few times were my fault I pulled to hard the other times I think would be afraid of something, so far I havnt let her get away with it we keep going at it until she does what I want I just know the rearing is dangerous so I'm trying to fix it I just know a lot about this area of training
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    09-15-2013, 05:25 PM
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Trained
Which is why the best and ONLY advice with full on rearing is get a trainer, if you don't know how to fix it, you probably haven't got the skills either.

That is in no way saying anything bad about you, 90% of us would send a horse like that to a trainer. 5% would risk injury by doing it themselves, the last 5% have both the skill and knowledge that they need.
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    09-15-2013, 05:59 PM
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Weanling
Totally agreeing with the need of a trainer.

It's hard to give advice without seeing what is going on. One common way a horse learns to rear is when it stops at a scary thing: the rider pushes forward (leg) and then rider is unsure/afraid of the horse's reaction, and holds the reins back at the same time.

You need to go back to basics, work on the ground. Make sure the horse moves the hind legs sideways on cue. Then in the saddle, when facing a refusal, keep the horse working: disengage the hind, turns on the shoulders, backing etc. Then relax when facing the obstacle. Wait for signs of relaxation before asking to go forward.
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    09-15-2013, 06:55 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Eole    
Totally agreeing with the need of a trainer.

It's hard to give advice without seeing what is going on. One common way a horse learns to rear is when it stops at a scary thing: the rider pushes forward (leg) and then rider is unsure/afraid of the horse's reaction, and holds the reins back at the same time.

You need to go back to basics, work on the ground. Make sure the horse moves the hind legs sideways on cue. Then in the saddle, when facing a refusal, keep the horse working: disengage the hind, turns on the shoulders, backing etc. Then relax when facing the obstacle. Wait for signs of relaxation before asking to go forward.
Ok trainer is not an option I can't afford it so I'm stuck fixing it my self. That could be what happen the last time she reared. So basically make sure she's relaxed and no mouth pressure when I'm pushing her at an obstacle?
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    09-15-2013, 07:26 PM
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Yearling
Pain or tack fit? I would rule that out first.
     
    09-15-2013, 07:36 PM
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Foal
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Pain or tack fit? I would rule that out first.
Tack fits perfect and she's not in pain I've checked that all multiple times
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    09-15-2013, 07:43 PM
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Foal
This is what I've got out of this chat. If she's starting to rear make sure that I don't try to correct with mouth pressure
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