One of the girls is teaching the horse she rides to rear up on command. The horse she rides is ONLY ridden by her (no one else likes him), he's REALLY intellegent and knows when to do things and when not to. Not that I approve of it, but if ANY horse HAD to be taught how to rear, Levi would be the one because he knows better than to do it without us asking.
Okay, back to my rant/help problem hehe...
Well another one of the girls told me tonight that she wanted to teach the horse that she rides to rear on command. TOTAL NO for me because
1) the horse already rears if she gets mad at the rider (she has reared on me at least 20 times when I asked her to do something that she didn't want to do)
2) she is ridden by COMPLETE beginners..though she can be a brat...she is a great beginner horse and is trustworthy, but she can be marish at times
I told the girl that I thought it was a bad idea and that since she does rear at times without us telling her to, that we should NOT encourage her to rear. Now talking to that girl is like talking to a brick wall.
She starts getting all defensive...calling me a know-it-all (I guess I'd rather be a know-it-all than shut up and wiat for someone to get hurt because of the mare)...and then saying "Just because you own a horse doesn't make you always right"
Since I see the BO tomorrow (yes I get to talk to her first *evil laugh* hehe 8) ) I'm going to let her know of the girls plans and let hte BO that I do not approve of it at all and will explain to her why. Now I personally don't think the BO would say yes to the girls request, she needs the mare for lessons...she has a part disabled lady that rides her for lessons and she can't have the mare rear on her...if she does the lady falls off (she has no use of her lower half....she can walk...but barely...no felling at all in her legs).
So I'm not too worried about the mare actually being taught it WITH the BOs permission, I just have a feeling that no matter what the girl WILL teach her how to rear.
I'm the one that breaks the horses of the bad habits that they get while being used for lessons...whether it is bucking when asked to canter, not taking the jumps, not stopping on trails, not standing still to be mounted...my list can go on and I don't want to deal with a horse that rears all the time.
Also another tid bit of history...the mare (named Star...I'm tired of calling her the mare hehe) and I have gone wayyyyy back. I love her to death. She was the horse I was originally going to buy, but didn't pass the vet check . I really had to retrain her and put a good 100 hours into her. She was able to listen fully to my voice and legs (no arms needed), was practicually bombproof (I did everything I could to desensitize her), and worked on ALOT of stuff with her, so anything that happens to her...both training wise and health wise I hate because I put so much time into her and I love her so much.
What are ways (that a 13 year old girl btw) can understand the reasons why NOT to train Star how to rear? How can I explain to her the dangers of her being taught that?
Any ideas?! HEEEEEEELP