Originally Posted by Tuffy'sTreatMan
I am curious about rearing. Some horses have a natural 'talent' that can be capitalized on, so a horse that is a natural rearer might be taught to do it on command.
Roy Roger's horse Trigger could rear and walk 150 paces on his hind legs, a good trick that helped make him a famous movie star horse.
I know this is off topic, so I may post it elsewhere, but do any of you have experience with this? If a horse is not rearing out of panic, it might be fun to encourage the behaviour ... then he'll probably quit doing it if he thinks you like it.
My horse rears on command. Some horses have different vices. Some will buck, some will lay down, some will refuse to go forward, some will rear, etc. (It does not always mean there is an issue with fear or pain...)
My horse just plain is a rearer. So at the age of 3 he reared, I was almost 16, thought it was cool, slapped a command to it and boom... reared on command, so to your question, yes, you can totally turn it into a command. My horse will still rear when he's angry, bored, feeling goofy, or just because.....