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post #1 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Horse with no prior hx suddenly reared up

I have a 13 yr old saddlebred which has always been good and easy going.He does have some quirks but they are not serious. Well the other day whenever I tried to stop him he would not stop and only after pulling and saying whoa multiple times he stopped. My trainer got on him and pulled back on him a bit to stop him and he reared suddenly straight up.Horse has never done anything like this before.Could somebody help and what things do I need to check for? thanks
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 08:23 PM
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Since he suddenly started doing this I would assume that there is something wrong with the horse's teeth/bit. Are there any sharp points? Does he seem irritated when you put any amount of pressure on the reins?

If not that are there any sores on the horse that are cased by the tack? Did you get a new saddle recently? If so, does it fit? Even if you have been using the same saddle for over how many days, months, and years it may be a good idea to see if it fits.

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post #3 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 08:32 PM
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I agree, check his teeth. Have you added more grain or such ? Check the saddle pad for stickers. He may be reacting to a pain issue.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 08:39 PM
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If trainer was being high handed that will do it.

And how tight was the curb chain, if using one. Usually you need to have it 2 fingers loose when not engaged. If it is too tight that will send on up too.

Which is why you never hook one in stall.

How is this horse trained and how are you riding it?

Video of this would help.

Is this trainer familiar with Saddlebreds?

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 08:49 PM
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1. Aside from check your tack and check for pain issues which could explain the rearing but not the not stopping issue.

2. Has anything changed in his life? new tack, new feed, new home, new rider, new trainer, turnout time change, anything at all over the past year. I ask because horse are animals of habit. They don't always do well with change.

3. when you say, "He does have some quirks but they are not serious." I have seen, "some quirks" meaning doesn't like the garden hoes or bug spray to things like; tries to bite when I saddle him, to tries to kick when I feed him. So when you say "some quirks" I don't know what that means and how it might or might not have any effect on him rearing.

4. Rearing is normally a lack of forward motion issue, but it sounds like this is not the problem seeing as you are having trouble getting your horse to stop. How do you ask your horse to slow down or stop? If all you are doing is pulling back your horse is not getting the message that pulling means stop so his brain is saying go, go, go but you are pulling back keeping him from go, go, go so what you get is not go, go, go you get up, up, up. I would work on slowing and stopping him without pulling back. Some people are big fans of "one rein stop" that would be one idea, circling, asking for the stop at the same time asking him to step his hindquarters over, pulling his head around hard (this would be a last resort).
Remember horses are pulling animals they are most powerful when they are lined up ears, withers, tail when they are in a strait line they have all the power, break that line and you are robbing your horse of power. turn his head, or move his hips over are great ways to break that line. I like the hips myself I find it works really well. Other then that I don't know answering these questions would help us understand you horse better.
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 09:36 PM
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I agree with Bob. A horse is built like a table. When you move the hips it becomes a 3 legged table - not solid at all. In order for a horse to rear, it rocks back to shift it's weight more over it's hind legs. At the same time his body widens as he gathers his muscles for the lift. The rider can feel this and that is the time to take preventative measures.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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No his quirks are I don't like ' light beams coming in arena ' type of quirks he just steps out of the way never attempts to bite or kick nothing serious he had only a twisted snaffle in his mouth
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 11:22 PM
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No his quirks are I don't like ' light beams coming in arena ' type of quirks he just steps out of the way never attempts to bite or kick nothing serious he had only a twisted snaffle in his mouth
Off topic but I have an Arab Saddlebred that (for a short while) thought he needed to jump the lines for stalls in parking lots… odd quirks like that-the ones that make you roll eyes- I completely understand what you mean.

As for the rear- you make it seem as though this is the first time this has ever happened, yes? If so I, too, believe it is something tack/ pain related. Check for teeth needing floating and sore back.

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post #9 of 13 Old 12-02-2013, 11:25 PM
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Don't know what riding discipline you're following or anything...

But maybe he doesn't like having the reins used as brakes? Try using your seat and body more to stop him instead of pulling the reins.

Does he really need a twisted snaffle? That could be it too. He might need a milder bit.

He could also need his teeth done. Sharp points could be causing some irritation.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-03-2013, 12:34 AM
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Twisted snaffles aren't mild.. I'd consider changing the bit. Maybe the trainer used too much hand so it caused more pain... rather than actually riding a stop properly.
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