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post #21 of 27 Old 10-27-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the info how short should i do the tie down
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post #22 of 27 Old 10-27-2008, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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when i first got him i rode him alot the this whole season he has sat alot i trucked him out to trail ride him he was fine he never tried to rear but when i have tried to ride him from home with another horse he is fine but if i take him out alone he is ok for the first 10 min then he starts he bends around touches my rt toe then when i ask him to move forward re refuses i have tried to bend him both ways he refuses then he backs 3-5 steps turns a half circle the he goes up and every time he goes up he gets higher and higher were i feel he is going to go over backwards and when hes up hes up there cause when he is on all fours he stands 17 hands get my picture
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post #23 of 27 Old 10-27-2008, 09:16 PM
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The second you feel him start to bend around to touch your toe - that's when the misbehavior is beginning. DO NOT ALLOW him to bend around to touch your toe - and do everything I mentioned for you to do in my previous post :)
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post #24 of 27 Old 10-27-2008, 10:44 PM
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vcary2008 - You mentioned something that leads me to wonder if you may not be the only one who has been riding this horse. Does anyone else ride this horse but you?
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post #25 of 27 Old 10-28-2008, 11:39 AM
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^ it should work then too.... Curly_Horse_CMT no reason to bash the method. you don't agree with it, thats fine but you dont have to say how it never works. just bc you witnessed it not working dosent mean that it dosent.
I am just saying I havent seen it work, I didnt say anything terrible about it. I have a right for my opinion. Anyways...

My one mare rears on command. However, she knows the cues. Tick back on left rein, touch of right heel. Once she rears and my cues are done, I am done. She knows the difference. We have gotten some prety sweet pics of her doing it

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post #26 of 27 Old 10-28-2008, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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no im the only one except for the previous owner which they babyed him alot i think when he did it the guy just got off of him it took them a week to get him down to my house they never made him do anything thats what his problem is i think he has been babyed too much

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post #27 of 27 Old 10-30-2008, 02:08 AM
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Thank you...and I think you are right...he's never been made do anything he didn't want to do. I do think there are things you can do if you are an experienced rider and have enough confidence in your riding ability to handle a horse who may decide to put up a fight. If not, then I would suggest sending him to a trainer. Rearing is dangerous - and so is attempting to "fix" it. Personally, I'm not a fan of hitting a horse over the head, but I'm not against it either. It does work if rearing hasn't become a habit...but once it has, it's very difficult, if not impossible to "fix". Basically, the horse just ups the ante. I've seen horses who have exploded when hit between the ears - same with using spurs. So if you do either of these, be prepared for a bit of action. You know this horse and what it will and will not tolerate. In turn, I've also seen horses who learned to twist and toss while rearing to avoid a whack they know is coming and try to unseat the rider at the same time. What I usually do when a horse rears is throw myself forward and stick my finger in its ear. Doesn't hurt them, just surprises them and doesn't provoke a fight. I've also blown whistles, put my hat on their head, slapped the reins back and forth and am not above using spurs...most the time it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes pulling them over is the only option left - but it is dangerous for both horse and rider and must be done where the horse is at the time which usually isn't the most favorable of places. Bottom line is you have to do what you are comfortable with and only you know what that is. As always, prevention is the best method but even the best rider can miss a warning or be caught off guard. Ideally, it would be great to get the horse to move forward without rearing or correct him before he rears. There are some things I could suggest that I've done with barn sour and balky horses that might help. Let me know...

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