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    10-16-2012, 01:41 PM
Originally Posted by themacpack    
I will never NOT consider her a horse that rears.
I know, it nevers leaves the back of your mind, does it?
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    10-16-2012, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by LinkIsAGenius    
How do you suggest we sell her? What should we put in the advert? I know she's not at all a novice horse, I don't mind her spooking at dogs or anything but I get really uncomfotable when she starts doing those little half rears because I know she's going straight up and theres nothing I can do about it.
You have to advertise her as 'for an experienced rider only as she is lacking in confidence. Has been known to rear on occasions
Some of her problem might be the fact that you lack confidence and she might improve ridden out in company but like I said too many horses that don't have problems for sale right now, Charities are putting ads in magazines like Horse & Hound to try to make spaces for more rescues
Odd on you are going to mostly get enquiries from dealers
You just have to walk away from this one and treat it as a learning experience.
Uless she's really stunning to look at it you arent likely to get much for her
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    10-16-2012, 01:51 PM
Why not send her in for training? From your info on her, it would just take some desensitizing and confidence, if not, then the safest thing to do is make sure she doesn't injure anyone which translates to unrideable companion horse or euthanasia. If the adults in charge are just worried about recouping the money, then none of the above is an option & I can't condone that.
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    10-16-2012, 01:54 PM
I'm in the minority, I would much prefer to deal with a rearer than a bolter (or better yet a bolter bucker- cause we all know those are fun).

My main horse, pepper, can be a rearer..although it only ever showed itself when we are out on big group rides and she wanted to GOOOO...and I wont let her, which can make her want to rear:/ I admit though she's pretty non confrontational so a couple times of me jumping down her throat for it, and making her move her feet (usually small circles) she gets the hint. I know she does this though and I wait for it everytime I take her out on a big public ride, and steer clear of the group until I know she has is out of her system. If I knew this before I bought her, I STILL would have bought her as she is a fantastic mare.

Now I admit that in my younger days I did cure a rearer by yanking her backwards (i new it was coming and I wasnt on her back AND I ACTUALLY did end up buying her from my friend)...she NEVER reared again after that..I was young and dumb and wouldnt fathom doing that now, as I find it much easier to head the rearing sucker off before the rearing starts (they tendto get VERY light in the front end before a rear), by switching brain gears and taking their mind off of it with doing something else.

That sucks you got taken, because this mare is FAR from a novice friendly horse. Hopefully you can find someone willing to take her on KNOWING she has this issue.
    10-16-2012, 01:55 PM
Yay for double posting!
    10-16-2012, 02:04 PM
And all I have to say is WOW.

Your trainer led you into this?? I would be dumping that trainer with a quickness!!
    10-16-2012, 02:13 PM
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I don't know why a trainer would let their client buy a horse that is not for the riders ability. I suspect she was hoping you would want her to put more training on the horse which would equal more money. Which I think is sickening. I would dump the coach.

Moving onto the rearing issue. I have a huge fear of a horse that bucks. A horse that rears doesn't phase me. I have had 3 rearers, two of which were nasty rearers. I was able to work through it though as it doesn't scare me for some strange reason. It gets me mad and I usually can stop the rear before it gets bad. I have had a horse go over on me once and I swore never again.

This horse sounds like it needs an experienced rider to help it work through its fear issues.

So yes be honest about the rearing. I can't believe your Mom and Grand Dad would want to lie about it. That is just asking for more issues and it would ruin your reputation as a seller. The horse world is small. And I know I wouldn't be able to live with the guilt if the person got hurt because they didn't know.

Good luck with things. I hope you can find him a new home and get a horse more suited for you.
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    10-16-2012, 02:13 PM
This is just one sorry story, and I am not sure what you should do for best now. I have had my eyes opened about just how quickly things can go wrong when a horse gets a new handler, so with a nervous novice rider things can go south REALLY quickly.

Next when you say she rears how high is she coming up? Ben 'rears' in as much as he gets light on his front end, and comes up an inch or two, but he has no inclination to do more than that, so I don't call him a rearer, he is just getting his weight well back and under him to take evasive action.

If thsi poor girl has come from a nervous rider to another she could well go really nicely for a more experienced person. I would be very angry if she was offered for sale again as a novice ride, it is not fair on the mare or the next person down the line. Horses should be advertised truthfully, then they have the best chance of a good life with the right owner.

If this mare was recommended by your trainer I would be hammering on her door and asking her to either market the mare for you, or ride her until she is what you wanted.
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    10-16-2012, 02:16 PM
Rearing is very dangerous...it wouldn't stop me from buying a horse, but it is not something I would advise for those not experienced at training horses. Unlike with stallions and geldings, rearing in mares is not a natural social behavior, so it is almost always due to fear. The problem is if rearing is a mare's natural reaction to fear, you can desensitize them to bikes or whatever is making them rear, but there is no assurance they won't display the same behavior when something else scares them. In my experience mares that rear almost need to be one or two person horses as the cure is to train them to invest confidence in their rider to protect them, but it is hard to get them to invest that confidence in any rider...it also means they may be settled and not rear with a current owner but may start right up with a new owner...
    10-16-2012, 02:21 PM
I'm confused. In this thread, you said your trainer picked the horse:
Originally Posted by LinkIsAGenius    
This horse was picked out by my trainer it was also someone that she knows very well so we thought we'd be told the truth.
Yet in your other thread, you said the horses were picked by your grandfather:
Originally Posted by LinkIsAGenius    
Now my grandad is a little bit more difficult because he chose these horses and he thinks that he's failed at something because he didn't pick the right ones.
Which is it?

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