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More dangerous...bucking or rearing?

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    08-13-2011, 02:09 AM

I'd take anything before I took a rearer. I'd take a bucker, biter, kicker, bolter, refuse-er; anything.

I wouldn't just dump a rearing horse off at an kill buyer auction though. If the horse was still good on the ground, I'd probably keep it for a companion horse/pasture pet.
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    08-13-2011, 03:16 AM
If it is a choice of one of the other, then rearing. But the worst in my opinion is when you have a horse that combines rearing and bucking, as my former horse did.
That turns into a rodeo ride and is very difficult to maintain your balance with.
    08-13-2011, 09:08 AM
Rearing, because they can flip over on top of you. I will ride a rearing horse, but I don't like to at all. I would never buy a known rearer.
    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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    08-13-2011, 10:06 AM
I agree with the majority....rearing.

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