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post #1 of 15 Old 08-25-2008, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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ok so my friend is geting a pony and it rears when you get no him but the owners said that he is not trying to get you off he gust dose not know what to do how do you stop that so that he is safe for a 3 year old to ride???
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-25-2008, 04:31 PM
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OK well your friend just got taken. Rearing is a very difficult vice to correct.
First thing you have to determine is why is he rearing. Is it fear, habit, discomfort or a bad attitude, etc.. Then from there you can start treating it. If it's out of discomfort that he's rearing then get the vet out to give him a good look over and get the chiro and saddle fitter out to evaluate him and his saddle fit. Then start doing a lot of groundwork and work on getting the pony to trust and respect you. When he rears he has to understand that it's unacceptable. When a horse rears, he is exposing his most venerable areas, the jugular and his stomach. To deter rearing, when he does it growl and "attack" his stomach. When he comes down, praise him for having all four feet on the ground and then continue your ground work.

I would not be putting a 3 year old on the pony until he is no longer rearing, ever. And still I would make sure the child always has a helmet on and is always under direct supervision by an adult to pull the kid off/catch it when/if the pony rears.
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well he waz for free. He gusat dose not know what to do when you get on him other than that he is fine. I don't think its his back. Thaks why me and my friend are going to brake him out of the hibbit.
We alredy got her a helment.
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My mare had a reaing problem. It is VERY hard to get rid of becuase there is no real absolute way to stop them rearing in the first place. My mare still does it sometimes at really unpredictable times. It best to get a professional to deal with it if you can.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-25-2008, 11:43 PM
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I can't give you any advice at all on the rearing. Don't put a 3 year old on that pony though! A rearing pony could seriously injure or even kill a child! Or severly tramatize the child to be scared to death of horses. I know your planning on stopping the pony from rearing first....but I would wait till he has gone a very very long time without rearing before I would even consider it.
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well he waz for free. We alredy got her a helment.
Well we know WHY he was free now don't we?

A helmet is fine but what if the pony falls over and lands on her chest ?

This pony is not safe and a habit like this requires a skilled rider to be able to have any sort of influence in correcting this dangerous habit.
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-26-2008, 12:06 AM
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we have a pony at my barn that used to rear as soon as you put a kid on him
Then one day I rode him, and as soon as he reared I smashed an egg on his head. Lol
He never reared again
I guess the horse thinks he hit himself and the yolk running down his head is really 'blood'.
It sounds mean, but at least no one gets hurt. :)
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we have a pony at my barn that used to rear as soon as you put a kid on him
Then one day I rode him, and as soon as he reared I smashed an egg on his head. Lol
He never reared again
I guess the horse thinks he hit himself and the yolk running down his head is really 'blood'.
It sounds mean, but at least no one gets hurt. :)
Do you always carry an egg around so you can do this?

Personally the egg would probably get squished in my pocket before I could pull it out......assuming I had tons of time TO pull it out.

PS... Holding an egg with reins just waiting for that one rear is very difficult also,
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-26-2008, 12:55 AM
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rofl! An egg! Hehehehe that is to funny! Heck if I had a rearing horse and egg on his head stopped him from doing it...Id fill my saddle bags with em
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-26-2008, 08:51 AM
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first off... I wouldnt keep the pony... it go bye-byes...

WARNING: NOT EVERYONE WILL AGREE WITH THESE TECHNIQUES!

I have a rearer... I bought him as a rearer at the age of 3 and I had SEVERAL trainers attempt to help fix this issue, and now, at the age of 24, the boy will still rear!

Here's what I've tried (I warn you - some things seem very mean but rearing is one of the most dangerous things a horse can do and that is one vice that cannot be allowed.)

Crack an egg over his head when he's in the air
Break a water balloon over his head in the air
Hit him with a wooden bat in the air (Like a part of a broom handle)

The thought behind hitting him in the air is that he thinks he is hitting his head and is supposed to not want to rear up like that because he thinks there is a ceiling. You have to do it on the way up, BEFORE he starts back down, otherwise it doesnt work.

Use a tie down, it will keep him from getting the height. That's not a fix though. They learn when they are wearing a tie down and when they are not, smart ones will even learn to rear while holding there head close to their chests... (the tie down I ended up using was a thin plastic coated wire and a leather strap that tied to the girth - it was harsh but he got to where he would not rear if he had that on).

The things that actually worked BEST for me were:
When he was in mid air, I would grab the rain and yank his head to my knee. It would knock him off balance and he would be forced to put his feet down. BUT - He got smart, he learned that as soon as I leaned forward to get that rain, he could whip his head the other way and I would go flying out of the saddle with the reign still in my hand!
The thing that really worked the best (other than keeping him moving forward - they can't rear if they are moving forward, although he would rear up and leap forward which was never fun).
But the thing that worked best was to take my knuckle and jam it just above the withers, it obviously causes discomfort because he wouldnt get but maybe 18inches off the ground when I would do that. So that's the method I usually us when he rears... Or I just ridet he rears. But the thing is, they are very, VERY dangerous and I think rearers are kind of like alcoholics. They are never cured. They are just "recovering".... I have great rides w/ no rears and I have monster rides...

SO my final suggestion: Get rid of the pony...

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