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    07-06-2012, 05:06 AM
  #11
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I understood that part (and totally agree) but I was confused on the mashup of everything.
I don't understand why the OP stated that she advocates 'controlled' rearing (is there really such a thing?) and then went on to post a video about horses that were not trained or comanded to rear, reared and endangered people.
     
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    07-06-2012, 05:09 AM
  #12
Foal
Ah I see what your saying now... That is a bit confusing... As pretty as it is, its dangerous even for the most controlled horse (as the video states)
     
    07-06-2012, 05:32 AM
  #13
Trained
I also advocate breaking young horses to ride in a controlled manner, but I don't condone someone jumping on them and yelling "YEEHAW!"

I just wanted to share the video. If someone who is experienced teaching this trick for show or has a legitimate reason to do so and understands physics (God willing) and knows the correct way to do this, I find this appropriate.

However I will say 95% of the people training their horses to rear are well...Jumping right in and yelling "yeehaw."
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    07-06-2012, 05:43 AM
  #14
Foal
Hey, there is nothing wrong with jumping on a horse you are going to break and yelling Yee Haww as you sit along for the ride as it bucks(:

As its said time and time again, we are all allowed our opinions (and ect.)
     
    07-06-2012, 06:37 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by JazzyGirl    
Hey, there is nothing wrong with jumping on a horse you are going to break and yelling Yee Haww as you sit along for the ride as it bucks(:
You sure about that?
     
    07-06-2012, 08:24 AM
  #16
Weanling
I don't have feelings about people teaching their horses to do tricks, one way or the other. It's their horse, not mine. When I was younger I had a horse that knew how to rear on command, lie down, and bow. Horses that are trained by good trainers should not do anything dangerous and not on cue. And if you are not a trainer or a good rider, don't train or ask your horse to do anything you can't do. Your horse could jump a 6 foot fence, but if you are not an experienced rider you shouldn't be riding him over 6 ft fences.

That said, I don't see any reason to teach a horse to rear because it can be a dangerous habit for anyone other then a very very experienced rider/trainer and is not useful for most horses and riders. I don't know how to train a horse to rear on command so I would never do it. So I guess, unless you train with the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, work for Barnum and Bailey, come from a circus family of horse trainers, or are a rider at Medival Times, you probably are not qualified to teach your horse to rear properly and you shouldn't do it (well, do it if you want but good luck). :)

As for the freaky video....I don't understand why someone would take the time to make such a thing? What's the point? I doubt that all those horses in that video were not rearing on command or taught to rear but rearing from fear, flight, or fight.
     
    07-06-2012, 08:32 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by uflrh9y    
As for the freaky video....I don't understand why someone would take the time to make such a thing? What's the point? I doubt that all those horses in that video were not rearing on command or taught to rear but rearing from fear, flight, or fight.
Too many people don't realize the risk. The video compiled 'worst case scenarios' usually involving death to make it apparent that it's not something to mess around with.

My dad has asked me if Sky rears cause he saw it in a movie and it looked "so cool"

Yeah.. no. Not cool at all. People are too easily impressed with really stupid dangerous things I've noticed :/
     
    07-06-2012, 08:42 AM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Too many people don't realize the risk. The video compiled 'worst case scenarios' usually involving death to make it apparent that it's not something to mess around with.

My dad has asked me if Sky rears cause he saw it in a movie and it looked "so cool"

Yeah.. no. Not cool at all. People are too easily impressed with really stupid dangerous things I've noticed :/
I completely agree. Too many people own horses who probably shouldn't and do stupid things with them, putting themselves and their horses in danger. I just don't think any of those horses in the video were taught to rear, which was what the post was about. I don't know, maybe I am just not one of those who goes for the shock video kind of lesson. I guess if one person watches it and it talks them out of teaching their horse to do something irresponsible that they are not qualified to train their horse to do, then it's good. I guess my point is just not about the rearing or not rearing, but more about people training their horses to do anything they are not qualified to train their horses to do whether it's rearing, jumping, sliding stops, or even backing.
     
    07-06-2012, 08:45 AM
  #19
Trained
I am someone who nearly died from a horse rearing and flipping over on me, NOT on command. I would never ever teach a horse to rear. Had I not been wearing my helmet I would CERTAINLY have lost my life. As it was my doctors were shocked that I don't have brain damage - my helmet literally broke in half. I had to be taken in a med flight helicopter into the city hospital. I was in the hospital for 3 weeks, because until that time I was unable to stand or walk. Once I could walk again I went home. I was still so dizzy I could barely see. Could not ride or do any physical activity for 6 months. I was lucky that I didnt die.

Please please please don't teach your horse to rear !
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    07-06-2012, 08:47 AM
  #20
Showing
I don't have feelings about people teaching their horses to do tricks, one way or the other. It's their horse, not mine.

Very true, but these people doing it just because they think it's 'cool', may someday need to sell the animal. Even if they don't ever sell, there's the probability that someone who doesn't know about the 'cool' tricks is going to get hurt when they unwittingly cue the animal.

Unless someone's a professional trick trainer, I don't know why anyone would want to teach their horse stupid and dangerous things that may eventually turn into avoidance behaviors.

It's neither 'cool' nor 'cute' to teach horses stupid pet tricks. If you want to teach an animal tricks, get a dog.
     

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