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    10-27-2008, 02:50 PM
  #11
Foal
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.

     
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    10-27-2008, 04:14 PM
  #12
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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.....
     
    10-27-2008, 04:18 PM
  #13
Yearling
Ooooo fp do you have a pic??? I would love to see that
     
    10-27-2008, 04:42 PM
  #14
Showing
I bought a horse once that would rear on command. Very cool except that he would also rear when he decided he wanted to. I sent him back. It was fun for the first week but what a pain in the neck after that. This is a pic of the horse with his old owner (face covered to protect the innocent)
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    10-27-2008, 04:51 PM
  #15
Trained
While rearing may seem like a cool thing to do, It's not safe, and I wouldn't recommend teaching a horse to rear, just in case you have to sell him/her further on down the road.
     
    10-27-2008, 05:07 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by appylover31803    
While rearing may seem like a cool thing to do, It's not safe, and I wouldn't recommend teaching a horse to rear, just in case you have to sell him/her further on down the road.
I probably have a pic somewhere of me and pistol rearing... we did it for so many years in parades and what not...

I want to say... yes to the above qoute though. The rearing was fun but he did it when I tried to barrel race him, he did it in the show ring, he did it in lessons, he did it at home, he did it everywhere... in fact, he did it last weekend when I took him on trail... he's 24 years old, 75lbs underweight (because he just coliced about a month ago), his teeth are falling out and he still rears!!!! LOL
     
    10-27-2008, 05:28 PM
  #17
Yearling
^bless his heart!!! Sounds like he's true to what he likes.
     
    10-27-2008, 07:50 PM
  #18
Trained
Bill, I like your taste in horses. He's pretty!
     
    10-27-2008, 08:39 PM
  #19
Foal
So there are two issues you are currently dealing with: Barn sour and rearing. For starters with the rearing if you have ruled out pain and physical problems, I would definitely see how your horse responds to a tie down. DO NOT ride him after putting the tie down on him for the first time. Some horses react differently to new tack and tie downs than others, and you may get an even WORSE show of behavior out of defiance/fighting with the newly added device. Put him in the round pen, or lunge him on a lunge line with the tie down on before you decide to ride him with it. After you know he's comfortable with the tie down, I would then decide to ride him out alone. Take him for a short ride away from the barn, and turn him around and go back to the barn while he's still in his "comfort zone". The next day go a little further, just to the point where he feels a little uncomfortable and then bring him back home. Next day go a few feet beyond that and then take him back home. The point is to gradually, slowly increase the distance you have gone away from the barn over the course of multiple rides and KEEP HIM MOVING one way or the other. A horse cannot rear and move his back two legs at the same time. As far as correcting him when he does rear - the correction needs to come BEFORE the rear actually takes place. The rear misbehavior begins the second he thinks of doing it, and begins to prepare himself to do it. The first sign that he gives you that he's thinking about rearing, use a stern voice and say "NO!". Take him in circles and get him moving - redirect his thinking immediately by giving him something else to think about besides rearing. And of course - remember to praise the ever-loving daylights out of him if he decided NOT to rear and follow your command. The praise is just as important as the correction in my opinion.

I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck! These tactics worked wonders with my horse Sky when he was going through his "rearing" phase.
     
    10-27-2008, 08:57 PM
  #20
Foal
Thanks for the info I don't think your cruel horses beat the s**** out of each other in the field so the thing that we might do arent going to hurt them I have also heard to use a phone book to
     

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