Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
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I don't think you are an abuser for disciplining your horse. Rearing is probably the most dangerous thing a horse can do. Since it is getting worse, I would strongly suggest a professional. A tie down is absolutely not the way to go.
I'm sure we all have stories about curing the habit using water balloons, or eggs (both broken over the horse's head while he is rearing, making him think he hurt himself and is bleeding) but that can go terribly wrong and I've seen that first hand.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.