Originally Posted by cinnamon
i believe she is nine years old and she was trained successfully by a qualified trainer she was fine and anyone could ride her but the past 6 months she has been rearing no matter who rides her I have gotten off of her many times and went back to basic ground work as if she was a green horse I had my instructer get on her and she went a little bit farther but she still reared
What did your instructor do after she reared? Get off or put her back to work? What did your instructor say to do with her or was he/she unsure what to do?
Rearing can be scary. It does make some afraid to ride afterwards. My wife's horse was trained to rear with a command but he will also do if he gets frustrated. That's when I have to get on him to get him out of it.
I am not a professional trainer and I would suggest you get one to assess her in person. Here's what I do, and some may not like some of it. When I get on I ask for flexing, both side to side and down. Usually the down brings out the rear or backing him up. When he tries or does, I smack my hand on his neck and make him turn both directions energetically. I want him to realize that HIS decision to rear will cause more work. Then I will ask again whatever I had asked before the rear.
Now with your horse, as long as its not pain related and is just behavior, start her walking out but in a circle. I THINK she has sticky feet and just doesn't want to move forward. Again, I think this because that's just my assessment over the Internet. Instead of asking with both heels and clucking, ask her to move with one heel first and to turn. It's harder to rear while turning and their head is to the side. When she does move and doesn't rear, let her rest. Don't stop her from moving but let her stop if she wants. Ask again but the other direction. Repeat a few more times each way, then ask for just forward. The habit has been going on for 6 months and it won't go away in one session.
By the way, how are you holding the reins? Do you have excess slack in the or do you have them with very little slack or having contact with the bit? Try using more slack in the reins.
On more thing, when you ask her to move out, don't heel and cluck at the same time. Heel first and if she doesn't move then heel and cluck. Posted via Mobile Device