I would like to teach my horses to rear on cue, How in the world do you do that? I have a 6 month old colt and a 2 year old filly both Arabians.
Would love to be able to raise my whip na dthey rear......... Very cool.
Let me know if any of you know how to teach them to rear.......
I'm not against rearing as a trick; it's not more dangerous or risking ''unwanted'' behaviour than teaching them to canter or jump. BUT! You have to do it right, as with all training, or else you will get problems. And a horse that rears on it's own is just as difficult and problematic as a hose that uns off on it's own =without the riders cue) if not worse. It's also a behaviour the horse can use in protest/irritation more than any other trick.
The way I see it, a horse can rear long before you ''teach it'', and if it wants to protest against you, it will. Teaching a rearing horse to rear on command can even help with the first problem since you're taking controle over his behaviour.
But it's very easy that the horse does it on it's own in the start, to show how good he is, and then the rider gets scared or even angry, and he gets confused and looses trust. Or the rider encourages it, and the horse does it more and more and eventually does it to avoid work.
I plan to teach my horse to rear, because he does it so beautiful (he has done it twice when started under sadde, in a very collected, calm way but as a protest of the riders leg - or perhaps a question; ''is this what you want?'' When he got the answer ''no!" he stopped immediatly and hasn't done it since. He's a very gentle horse.) but I'm not going to do it yet, I have a lot of more trust to build before I start with that, and lots of other things to teach him.
I reommend you to give up your plans for now, wait untill the horses are older, broken under saddle and then you can see if you still have wish to teach them. Ad be prepared on at least a few unwanted rearings in the process, that can turn out to a bad behaviour if you don't handle it right.