Corporal, I don't find your story to be a good example of how to take care of a horse with a rearing issue. To allow a horse to go up & over is highly risky for his body. If he didn't get hurt, he PERHAPS would've gotten the lesson that he'd done it to himself because there was no pressure on the lead, yet this is doubtful, since the horse already was too "fizzy" to clue into that, on the way up!
Also, to give him no pressure, or to fail to try to get his attention, to change his thought, is in fact teaching him that his rearing was fine.
When a horse isn't calm enough to think clearly, it's up to us to try & take care of their wellbeing.
Also, a horse often rears because his forward energy is being blocked, so he only can go up with it, or the human is putting out pressure via his energy, EVEN THOUGH not via a leadrope. I've even seen a horse rear in reaction to a person whose back was turned to him, just because the human's energy was perceived as a blockage/intolerable pressure to the horse.
Last edited by Northern; 03-22-2012 at 02:27 PM.