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post #1 of 10 Old 06-22-2009, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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I've dealt with rearing horses before, but only when ON them...never when I'm on the ground. My 2 year old Clyde/TB filly has taken to going up when she doesn't want to do what I'm asking of her, which is usually just leading and backing up. She's never done it with tack on, but when I'm leading her, she's figured out she's bigger than me and can throw me around...


Any advise would be much appreciated...she JUST started doing this and I want to nip it in the bud NOW before it escelates. Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-23-2009, 12:24 AM
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Ooh you have got to nip this in the bud. :) Working with a 3 year old filly who would rear whenever asked to do something she didnt want to, I just drilled the "head down" into her. As soon as she even thought about throwing her head in the air, I made her lower her head until she would leave it there. Then I would make her turn in tight circles, (disengage the hindquarters) and eventually she stopped rearing.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-23-2009, 09:17 AM
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Hello Evening Shadows!
My TB gelding just moved up to my place after 5 yrs of pasture. He has totally lost all his manners. On the 3rd day he was in his new home he got freaked out by some firmen doing a traingin session with their helicopters...
They flew very low over us. He reared and now has a rering issue.
He has done this to me now on 3 other ocasions. Once I just had no choic but to let go!
He is 8 yrs old but after not being in my possesion for so long and getting handled everyday he has become quite a brat to say the least.
So I have been doing just what Rosie said...When He goes to rear I try and catch it before he get up and then get the head down and disengage those hindquarters. Once he is paying attention I will make him work and use the thinking side of his brain. Once that has been accomplished I can then continue on as if it did not happen. THis is so much easier said then done because when your horse rears and your on the ground it does get a bit scary...
I have been working in the round pen on things that get my horse to use the thinking side of his big fat head so that maybe when we walk outside that round pen he wont be such a freak!
Rearing is such a big deal...I think it is the worst most dangerous thing a hosre can do to a person on the has disrespect written all over it.
The last time my horse reared I took him into the round pen and got him thinking.....then I took him back out and walked by the scary things.
He is now out to pasture today and probably will forget all that we worked on the last few days. This is typical especially in a young horse. They will forget when they are given a break or day off from their handeling. Then it is important to start over agin and be consistent...It may take a while...
I can not even say that My horse is done with this issue but we are working on it.
I hope this has helped some.
Just be consistent and persistent that your the leader and that your filly does not have to fear you but she does need to respect your space. I work a lot on the "my Space issue"
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-23-2009, 09:40 AM
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Do what everyone else before me said. That teaches him that even thinking about rearing makes him work. I had my 6 year old TN Walker rear when we were standing watching other horses gallop by us. He'd never done that before and it was circles, circles, circles, circles and it never happened again.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-23-2009, 09:42 AM
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He looked really pretty doing it though :) <3
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Hey Spirt...Yeah my horse looked really preety to when he reared and then galloped across a beautiful green pasture....
Still it was a bad choice on his part because then....his feet had to go to work!
Poor guy...his tail was a flying hig and so was he ...NOT...
We are still working on calming his head down since hi arrival to his new home.

I am wondering what types of stuff are you doing with your 3 yr old filly every day or how many times a week? Have you ever had her in a big round pen? Have you tried to sensitize and desensitize her to things? Like everything you can possibly think of....
I hope she will figure it out soon because I too have dealt more with the rearing thing on their backs than on the ground...either way we gotta nip it in the bud right away....
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-23-2009, 10:50 AM
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The best thing I've found is backing up. She's rearing because she knows she won't be able to get out of work any other way. Up is her only way out, but you need to teach her that up is not an escape route. I agree with trying to prevent it the way everyone else said, but when she does ignore you and rears anyway, stop being nice and make her back her butt up.

One of our babies reared with me once on the lead, i backed him up pretty far and then let him stand and think about his actions. He looked so apologetic and hasn't reared since.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-23-2009, 10:55 AM
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Back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back

Backing is not a natural movement for a horse. Making them back is work. If the horse associates work (and hard work) with the action of rearing in hand, they are much less likely to try.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-23-2009, 12:17 PM
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It sounds to me like the horse thinks it's in charge. Start doing some roundpen work so the horse knows that you're in charge and the pack leader, not her. And she's young so the roundpen would be perfect for her to learn before she starts under saddle.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-24-2009, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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OK so update...I took all your advise and put it to test...

She's reared twice since I made this post (worked with her 2 seperate times), and both times I made her back up...FAST as soon as she landed. Not only did she not do it again until the next time I worked with her, but the second one was alot smaller/lower. It's always at the start of whatever I'm doing with her, usually the first time I reach out to clip a lead to her halter. *I bring her into the round pen and turn her loose with the halter on first, then work with her* So she's caught and she knows it, just being silly about me actually "catching" her. I think I'll continue with this method and see how it goes...thank you all for your advise!

I also tried Join-Up with her - went well, her inside ear was glued to me and she was chewing, just didn't get the dropping of her head. But she turned in and took a couple steps towards me, I pat her neck a bit and walked away...she followed Only for 10-15 minutes since she's only 2, but a start!

Thanks again!

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