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  • Horse rearing when being lunged
  • Horses is too full of energy and wants to rear and buck while leading

 
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    10-16-2009, 12:08 PM
  #1
Foal
Rearing

I work for a man riding his horses who are generally well behaved, except for one problem. He has a mare that rears. Now, she only does it when I am on the ground, however it is still a completely unacceptable and dangerous habit. I have never encountered a rearer, and am unsure how to deal with it. (Other than standing there looking like a stunned fool.)

Situations in which she has reared:
1. Lunging: She clearly dislikes being lunged, and will turn into the middle and rear. I work her through it, but she still continues. This is a full on rear, not just spinning in and bringing her feet a few inches off the ground, she goes all the way up.

2. The other day I was leading her out from the field, she has never had a problem with this before, she is a very sweet mare other than this horrible habit. Anyway, as I was leading her out she reared all the way up several times, even striking out once. Now, there was a dog she dislikes running around chasing a bird when this happened, so I am sure that was part of the problem. (Although it is an unacceptable reaction.) BUT, I still need to know how to deal with it for when it happens again, because I'm sure it will.

I understand to fix this problem correctly and safely she will need to go to the trainer, but as I said she is not my horse. I need to know how to handle this situation safely and effectively until I can convince her owner to send her to the trainer or come work with her himself.

Thanks!
     
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    10-16-2009, 12:35 PM
  #2
Trained
This is about the 1000th thread on rearing. Try the forum search function and see what you can find.
     
    10-16-2009, 12:49 PM
  #3
Foal
I did that, and while some of the information was helpful, it is things I have already done, such as pushing her through on the lunge line. Her behavior has not really improved (Although I'm sure it will with much more practice and patience.) but I am mostly unaware as to how I am supposed to act in this situation, such as when she was being led when she reared. I'm not looking for a quick fix, although suggestions are openly welcomed, I am asking what I should be doing to keep myself and the horse safe while we work on working through the rearing on the lunge line.
     
    10-16-2009, 01:01 PM
  #4
Showing
Can you TELL when she's about to rear and WHY is she doing that? Is it over-excitement or she just mean/doesn't respect you?

My paint starts that sometime just before going on trailer. Not because she's scared or mean but from over-excitement. She just goes all nuts as long as she realizes we are going on trip, don't stop even for a second circling around, and if I wait for too long rears. I know it's weird, but it's the way she is (she's rather strange anyway). So I'm trying to look for any signs she's about to do it and then just either bend her, or put nose down, or start to do something else to move her attention from the rearing part to me. Also if you bend her or move her hinds she can't really rear.

Striking is not all that good and sounds more like testing/bad manners. My other horse tried it on me while going through the "teenager" stage and I guess I was bad - I disciplined her with the whip (short smack on shoulder or lower leg). She's very smart though so she got the point.
     
    10-16-2009, 01:20 PM
  #5
Showing
The way I handle a horse that rears while working with her on the ground is to put a chain throught the halter and under her jaw then give it a yank when she goes up (some put it over the nose instead). Only yank once - to keep yanking will only make it worse.

That is not the way to train it out of the horse but to keep it from rearing and keep myself safe in the meanwhile.
     
    10-16-2009, 01:23 PM
  #6
Foal
For the most part, yes, I can tell, but rearing in the field the other day completely caught me off guard and I was totally unaware of how to handle it. I'm almost positive she was frightened by/unhappy about the dog. Rearing on the lunge line is quite something though. She has a somewhat calm facial expression, like she is saying, thanks but no thanks. I'm sure respect is an issue, since I'm fairly new to her life. I'll give the crop a try, I just wasn't sure if that was an appropriate response. I've used that approach to bucking before, where every time they throw a buck you give them a tap on the rear but was unsure if that was an appropriate approach to rearing and feared making the situation worse.
     
    10-16-2009, 01:41 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by louisvillelou    
For the most part, yes, I can tell, but rearing in the field the other day completely caught me off guard and I was totally unaware of how to handle it. I'm almost positive she was frightened by/unhappy about the dog. Rearing on the lunge line is quite something though. She has a somewhat calm facial expression, like she is saying, thanks but no thanks. I'm sure respect is an issue, since I'm fairly new to her life. I'll give the crop a try, I just wasn't sure if that was an appropriate response. I've used that approach to bucking before, where every time they throw a buck you give them a tap on the rear but was unsure if that was an appropriate approach to rearing and feared making the situation worse.
If she reared in fear you can do nothing about it - just be sure to stay out of way. Only suggestion is you can start desensitizing her to those "scary" stuff. Punishment will only make things worse and frankly it's pretty normal reaction to the situation from some horses.

As for lungeing - she's testing you - no doubt on that. Go after her, don't let her do whatever she wants. If she needs a crop to make her going - let it be (I don't mean beating her, but encourage her to move). If she's smart (and sounds like she is) couple times will be enough for her to understand she'll do it no matter what and she'll quit.
     

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