I HATE to get on "my horse rears" threads because of all the bad advice.
Rearing is dangerous. It can get you killed. Find someone who knows what they are doing to train this horse or sell this horse. Your life is worth more than the horse.
Now I will say a little bit on rearing. Rearing is a form of RESISTANCE. It usually happens because the horse has an incomplete education at some point in its training. Most horses people ride out on trails are pretty uneducated and a lot of the people riding those horses are not terribly educated about training either. I give horses a lot of credit for all the ones who do this day in and day out and no one dies. I mean that.
As to bad advice in this thread I have the following quotes:
Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses View Post
When she rears, break an egg or a water balloon between her ears. A bit unconventional, but it's always worked for me, or pop her between the ears with a bridle rein or a quirt.
While the horse is rearing you should be thinking about leaning forward and not pulling the horse over backward. Seriously.. you are going to CARRY and EGG with you and NOT break it when the horse starts to rear somewhere out on the trail. Really? REALLY???
I know a trail trainer that uses a kids whiffle bat with some beads inside it. Wacks em between the ears.
Nice. Now along with the egg you are carrying a whiffle bat with beads in it. So you ride along and the beads rattle in the whiffle bat and the horse spooks and the bat rattles and the horse spooks and the bat rattles.. finally about 100 miles from home the horse no longer rears, no longer spooks, and can't take another step. You have to get off and lead the horse home.. and carry the stupid whiffle bat. If you haven't dropped it.
Ive always used the egg trick.. works like a charm.
I wouldn't hit her with something, because it will put her in a panic. An egg makes them think theyve cracked their head opened, and they calm down when they feel the yolk etcetera dripping down their face.. big attitude change and quickly Too!!
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I can tell you that a horse does not make that connection. Fact is for every horse that whacks its head when it rears and stops rearing there are 6 more that EXPECT to whack their heads when they rear and will rear higher.
Then there are the horses that rear, whack their heads and then always rear at that location because in their pea size brains they associated the whack with something in the environment at that spot and always rear when they get to it (had a filly like this).
in that case, just let her turn and go back to the barn, then as soon as she gets their get off, put her on a lunge line and run her till her tounge is hanging out.
Get back on and ride away from the barn, she fights you much go ahead turn around, go to barn and repeat. Eventually she will figure out it is much easier to walk away from the barn than it is to run laps around it.
Oh boy.. No.. this expects the horse to make an association between rearing and work. You have to put the horse to work the instant the feet come to ground. And even then it may not work. Remember.. 1200 pound animal with a brain the size of a walnut.. and a lot of that brain is used for stuff like breathing and digestion.
PLEASE do not try to fix this on your own. Find an experienced horseman/woman to help that does not suggest eggs, whiffle bats, riding the horse home and getting off (rewarding her) etc.
This is a horse that needs more foundation and a rider that likely needs the same thing. BTW that is not meant as a put down. Every good rider can learn more.