Originally Posted by xostallion
1.) I have my thoroughbred gelding that is pretty much good at everything I swear but I want to teach him to rear on command. I mean its a long shot I swear it would be soo cool if he could learn that. If anybody has any info on how I would start that then let me know because I would love to teach him!
2.) I have a 9 year old paint and he's REALLY overweight. I don't know if this is the area to post this BUT I really want him to be down in weight. He's like probably 1300-1400 lbs and he's like only 15hh :S and its hard to ride him bareback now and I don't know if we should turn him in a pen by himself and feed him ourselves but I don't want to take him for long rides because he sweats to much and where I am, by the time night comes it gets pretty cold, like almost -5 sometimes and I don't want him sick :( so any advice would be appreciated!
Thank you for your advice!
Rearing on command is a very bad idea, especially if your just doing it for the heck of it. Show horses (the ones preform regularly as festivals and what not) have a specific routine
to preform. They don't just pop up wily nilly, it's apart of the script and they only do it when the scripted time comes.
Cut way back on the food. No more grain, only a good quality grass hay and if he's on pasture, a grazing muzzle. Start working him 5 minuets a day for a week, then 10 minuets for a week, up to an hour a day. I'd work him at an hour per day for at least two weeks before upping the workload. Once he's in shape I'd look for a weight-watching grain such as Strategy Healthy Edge. It's formulated for easy keepers so they don't have excess weight gain.