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post #11 of 72 Old 10-03-2009, 06:23 PM
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>>>She came out a couple of times when I had a really hard time, she didnt ride him herself but instructed me through it. Is there anyway you could do this?

Exactly! By saying "get a trainer," I don't mean ship your horse off, I mean get someone out to talk you through it. =]

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yah going to call trainer this week and see what he says.
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Thanks Nirvana

Thanks for the information. That was exactly what I was lookin for. Just some ideas of what else to do. Ill still call my trainer but im planning on doing it myself. one way or another we will get through it. Love my horse and id never hurt her intentionally as i know she thinks the same.
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I feel like such an idiot I said running martingale, but I ment standing Sorry about that!
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I dont know, but i saw this alot lately, it is SUPER important to ride with good fitting tack and things she is comfortable with,
Did you switch any of the tack ?
Does the saddle fit ?
It could cause her to rear up, because she got uncomfortable, its just some things to look over,
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post #16 of 72 Old 10-06-2009, 09:58 AM
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keeping the horse moving forward is obviously key. If the horse is moving forward, it cannot rear.

I have a CHRONIC rearer so I can tell you the things I have tried and the things that have... worked. Many people have a problem with the methods I've tried, but my horse is one that could not be sold because his rearing issues would have shortened his life-span tremendously (he would have hurt someone or ended up in an auction and spiraled down from there). And I want to say that I do now, and have always loved this horse. Even with his faults.

The first thing I did was ensure that my tack fit properly and he did not have any health issues. (Since his rearing started at three and continues now at 25, I think we can safely assume there is no pain issue)

I have used a tie down of sorts. I'm not really sure what it was really for, I'm assuming speed eventers. It was not a fix. It was a device that I could use to keep him from lifting way up. When he had it on, he did not rear as much, but he knew when he wasn't wearing it.

I was told by an old-timer once to tie a piece of bailing twine from his tail (the dock) to his halter so that when he reared he pulled against himself. I did not do this right, i tied it to the tail itself and only managed to yank a chunck of tail out.

I tried a water balloon and an egg once. The idea is to make them think they have hit their heads on something. I wasn't fast enough, because you have to hit them on the way up and NOT on the way down, so I just really made a big mess.

My brother made me a num-chuck looking thing out of an old broom handle to hang on the saddle horn. This worked the best, I've also been told to try a rubber hose. Basically on his way up, I popped him between the ears and he came back down. He'd rear maybe once or twice during the ride and decide not to do it anymore, but every day was the same.

I also figured out that if I yank his rein to the right or the left (hard) while he is in the air, it will knock him off balance and he will have to throw his front feet down to get his balance, once his feet hit the ground i can kick him forward into motion so he cannot rear.

I also learned that when I feel the bunching of the shoulder muscles I can jam my knuckle into his spine, just above the withers, that will keep his rear down to about 18 inches and much less dramatic.

I have been told to flip him over on his back in mid rear but I refuse to do that one. My horses life and my own is worth more to me then that. He's 25 and when I bought him I was only 15. MAYBE with a trainer I could have fixed his issues. Maybe not.

From this experience I have promised myself I would never own a horse that rears again. And I have also decided there is no cure for the rear... but that is my humble opinion.

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Farmpony84 I hope you are wrong and the rearing stops. Im taking a different approach next time she does this. I know what causes her to do the rearing so my solution is to not put her in this position anymore. She only does it when she is feeling pressured to move forward. She does this when she is scared of something. Whether it be something as stupid as a tree stump or grass clippings piled. Sometimes its when we are on the trail and she doesnt want to be lead horse. So i now know i need to work harder to keep her out of these positions and figure out how to get her past the scary things without pressuring her. I know I can get off and get her to go with no problem but I was trying not to have to do this. I didnt want her to think she could keep doing this. Ill let you know how it goes. Thanks for everyones help and comments!
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I myself had a rearer, he did it, a lot and whenever he wanted...but how ever I did realize, when he did it most was when, we were leaving the yard alone...he was very connected to another mare, I had to almost ride him out, puling one the side and asking him to move forward,,,he managed to rear once...but after repeated try's, at doing this he finally got that , he cannot rear..while being pulled to one side..he did get over it...I made him very uncomfortable , not only did every time he try we would round pen for hours...he finally stopped his pattern of rearing, it can be very scary, Im 43 and have really had no fear until I met Trial and error I fixed the problem on my own, I was never taught to ride by a trainer or took lessons, Ive been riding since I was 10...and have only been thrown, 2 times, but that for me is 2 times to many....So be careful, I hope you get him to stop...:)

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When I am on my trail and there is a turn that will take us home, I know that he will rear and try to go that way or if he doesnt want to go a certain way he will rear. The problem is when they learn that they can avoid work through the rear, they really pick it up. But I do have a friend that had a horse that used it to avoid the bit and he has since stopped.

I have found that when I know I'm coming to a "rearing point", if I pick up the trot, I can get past it...

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The most important thing to do when you know you have a rearer and an impending rear, is just to get the feet moving, doesn't matter where. Getting them bend laterally is a good start, because if you can get him to turn, you are going to offset his balance, so he can't go up. Teaching him to turn on the forehand, can help too, as that keeps his weight ON his front legs...which equals no rear.

But, I do not agree that rearing horse cannot be cured; no it can not be done by whapping him on the head...that is just a punishment, not a cure. But by teaching him to engage his body, and thus his mind, you CAN gradually get him out of that mindset that says "I'm scared, or confused, or whatever...I have to go up"...rearing is usually a lack of proper training, not just a bad behavior. It becomes a bad behavior when an owner doesn't know how to retrain the horse NOT to do it. And training a horse not to rear has nothing to do with actually addressing the has to do with riding 'smart' and knowing when the horse is in a situation he may go up, and being one step ahead of the horse, in order to avoid it, by putting the horse's mind to work.

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