Might be a stupid question bt any idea how to tell when your horse is about to rear?? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 23 Old 02-13-2013, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Might be a stupid question bt any idea how to tell when your horse is about to rear??

I was told when a horse rears to lean forward and hold on to the main but will this gaurantee that I will b able to stay on? And if there are any signs I should keep an eye out for to give me the heads up before she rears?! So I'm not completely caught by surprise??? Any help greatly appreciated!!:)xx
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Some 'any help' for you: not buying a horse that's a known rearer+don't push her so far that she might rear? :)

I've found with my mare (who is a recovered rearer) that she'll start arching her neck down and sort of 'dancing' around, then she'll start rearing if I don't redirect her.
From Youtube videos I've seen of horses rearing undersaddle, it seems like the usual thing is throwing the head up, jigging a bit, THEN rearing.

I've found, with my rearer, that rearing is directly correlated to a refusal or inability to go forward.
For instance, if I hold the reins too tightly and don't give her a good release, or if there's something scary in front of us and she's not comfortable going forward, but I won't let her go backwards and I've tightened my grip on the reins (because I'm nervous).

I found that if I immediately loosen up the reins and urge her forward (or in a circle, or anything that gets her mind thinking about something other than the issue) I can generally get her out of that state of mind. That's actually how I "cured" her too - I redirected her every time she thought about rearing and now she'll usually redirect herself vs going up.
However, she's kind of like a recovering addict, I have to make sure I don't put her in situations where her only reasonable option is "up" because if she reaches the end of her ability to internally calm herself (through redirection and trying again) she WILL go up.

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What I did when I was retraining Dude was bring his head around (all the way around to my boot) and kick him to spin. He tensed up before he reared, which is a given in ANY rearer, some stay tense longer than others though before they go up. I knew Dude reared, and after 3 actual rears, I took his head away and got his neck bent before he could rear. A horse can't physically rear with their neck bent, period. They mayy decide to go over sideways and flop, but I'd MUCH rather that than over backwards on me.
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Rearing is a horrible habit. I would be asking a trainer how to stop getting the horse to rear rather then asking how to stay on. What's going to happen to you when the horse flips over because you want to hang on for dear life?
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I'm curious why you're trying to figure out from an internet forum how to keep safe from a rear...?

Have you been having horse-rearing problems?
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Ha thanks when I bought her she wasn't known to rear and it was a family member I bought her off and they said she was very quiet but she is 15years old and hadn't been ridden in ten years but I had her over a year when she reared... Now it wasn't a big rear but enough to knock my balance Landin me flat on my arse.. Bt she gave no indication atal... Nothing appeared to spook her I think she just decided she was done workin and off I went! She's not done it since but want to be prepared because she's a lovely pony otherwise! Glad to hear it can be corrected anyway!:)
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Because ill try anything instead of headin into the situation delirious, this kind of advise helps reassure me ... Each to there own I suppose... I've had one rearing incident and Will take any advise goin internet/no internet...Curiosity cured?
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Rearing is a horrible habit. I would be asking a trainer how to stop getting the horse to rear rather then asking how to stay on. What's going to happen to you when the horse flips over because you want to hang on for dear life?
It is horrible alright but if she rears just to get me off her back which is possible why she did the only way to cure that is to stay on and not fall off which I did the last time chances are she won't do it again and if she does that's a whole other kittle o fish! Ya ave to try these things anyway
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Ha thanks when I bought her she wasn't known to rear and it was a family member I bought her off and they said she was very quiet but she is 15years old and hadn't been ridden in ten years but I had her over a year when she reared... Now it wasn't a big rear but enough to knock my balance Landin me flat on my arse.. Bt she gave no indication atal... Nothing appeared to spook her I think she just decided she was done workin and off I went! She's not done it since but want to be prepared because she's a lovely pony otherwise! Glad to hear it can be corrected anyway!:)
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This post answered my question :) I'm not judging you I'm just really concerned because rearing is scary business. My horse reared on me thrice (little jump rears the night of my car accident) and even then I was scared. I just kicked his hiney and turned his nose in.. told him to cut it out and he did. He also offered no warning.

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This post answered my question :) I'm not judging you I'm just really concerned because rearing is scary business. My horse reared on me thrice (little jump rears the night of my car accident) and even then I was scared. I just kicked his hiney and turned his nose in.. told him to cut it out and he did. He also offered no warning.

Do you have access to a trainer?
I do .. And plenty of them ha had some one out helpin a few weeks ago bt she did nothing just being stubborn but they more or less told me that I need to get confident and bee the boss that she plays up because she knows she can so just wanna be prepared
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