08-13-2011, 09:49 AM
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Truthfully, I'd take either. I've worked with both, and the reader was much easier to fix. If I felt him ge unbalanced, I jumped off and to the side. He always kept his balance and never went over, but he might have if I had let it get worse during the time I was riding/working with him.
I think it's much more difficult to balance on a horse that continuously bucks to get you off as opposed to one that goes up every once and awhile. I can keep a horse from rearing much more than a foot off the ground, I can't keep a bucking horse with it's head down from bucking without yanking their face off (especially when they're rode in curbs or anything but a mild snaffle). Sure, I can, but I don't want to have to yank their face off to keep their head up. I can just pull a rearer's head around and keep working him in circles/spins until he wants to walk, I don't feel bad doing that as opposed to yanking on a bucker's face to keep his bucks smaller or nonexistent.
So..after my babble, I think rearing is the more dangerous of the two, but I'd still choose a rearer over a horse that bucks.
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