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    01-01-2010, 10:36 PM
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rearing? >.<

Lacey has started rearing on the ground a smidge. >.< She used to rear undersaddle but for the most part she's stopped. I would just ignore her and ride it out and she finally figured out that it got her nowhere.

So the other day when she was running around like a maniac, she reared once, just a little pop off the ground but today when I was lunging her she went way up. She wasn't close to going over or anything but she was two legged for sure. Haha then she jumped fully into the air, came back down and kept trotting like nothing had happened.

She has been being kept in a straight stall for the last few days and I'm pretty sure she's only out when I've come to see her so I can understand the energy increase. However, I do not appreciate rearing. She's never done it near me so I personally am not in danger or anything...

Help? I don't really know what I could do but maybe someone knows.
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    01-01-2010, 10:42 PM
I would just ignore it. If a horse rears up ----> over there, I just ignore it, wait until they are done and ask them to continue. If the horse rears up at me, number one, I've done something to provoke that and I need to quit it!, and number two I just send them on, my firmness level dependent on the situation and their intensity. If she's been cooped up lately no wonder she has a little more attitude.
    01-02-2010, 12:23 AM
If she's been stalled for a few days she's probably just feeling full of herself.
As spirithorse said, if they rear a distance away, just ignore is and ask them to move on.
If the rear/strike/kick is aimed AT YOU then you should take the issue up.
    01-02-2010, 02:47 PM
Agreed, just pretend it didn't happen and push her forward. I don't necessarily wait until the are done, I immediately push the horse forward. I had a gelding that would stand up every which way all the time when being lunged, and I just kept after him. Usually they are just feeling good, or want to see if they can get out of work. Just keep going!
    01-02-2010, 03:01 PM
First of all I would get her fully examined by a vet. Horses don't usually just start rearing for no reason, and from what I've seen of you riding her that's probably not the cause.
Second of all, I would get it evaluated by your trainer (after a clean bill of health, of course). Rearing can quickly become very dangerous to both the horse and rider and it needs to be stopped right away by someone who knows what they are doing.

Good luck!
    01-02-2010, 03:13 PM
Sounds like she is just protesting. Just ignore it unless its at you. Keep her moving like nothing happened unless it increases and becomes a safety issue.
    01-02-2010, 06:49 PM
I'd make sure you aren't looking at her eye and concentrate on her feet when she does this. I also wouldn't stand square with both my shoulders facing her. I notice that my mare does little half rears on the lunge when we are "discussing" things she'd rather not do. She seems to always put herself in a position where she is in front of me to pull this antic. As long as you have completely ruled out pain, I would take this as a form of protest and do anything to get her moving forward. I don't react in anyway to Frida rearing. If I can, I turn into the lunge line and ask her to move forward while pointing. If she is planted, I ask her to yield her hindquarters around me in a small circle. If she doesn't do that, we back up until she is dying to go forward. It's just dangerous to let them think that rearing can get them out of things, as it very easily can if you let it intimidate you. The only other reason I can think of for rearing is confusion, as my horse did in the beginning, but if you are clear the problem doesn't last for long.
    01-02-2010, 07:16 PM
Yes, be sure the horse is healthy. There is no "feeling good" time when I am attached to a horse. They do not know the difference between the lunge line, lead line and bridle. If it is ok for one you may find under the right conditions they will assume it is ok in more dangerous situations.

My horses earn their line. I first teach them to release or give to the pressure by softening their neck and mouth. Then when we lunge they must be soft and giving to the line before I let more line out. If they are heavy and pulling I put a full check snaffle on them and lunge off the inside ring. We start with two feet of line and I feed it out as long as their neck and mouth stay soft. At any point they get heavy we go back down to a circle that I can remind them to be soft then feed it back out again.

Rearing is dangerous especially if you are attached to the horse and should not be ignored. The horse is in class as soon as you enter your horses pen. If they need to buck and kick, turn them out and that is play time.
    01-04-2010, 03:35 PM
I agree. Rearing is a extremely dangerous habit period. It is simply not acceptable when I am in charge. I generally don't accept working with rearing horses but I have been talked into it a few times--great blood lines, great body and great looks--expensive.

My advice would be to stop the behaviour now. Usually the only way is to start at the beginning again--ground work-- and fix whats broke there. A proper foundation goes a long way in keeping the house standing for sure.
    01-04-2010, 03:51 PM
My advice would be get her out more. The more she is out the less likely she is to rear. If she has pent up energy liek you described she is being set up for failure. Allow her to run and get it out of her system. I had to work with horses who were kept stalled 24/7. I had no control over them getting turn out and there was no option to. The only excercise they got was when they wer lunged and used for research on lameness. I was the only worker who was not scared to allow them to get it our for a few minutes before we started. After five minutes of letting some energy off I called them down to a trot and they would listen.

There was one mare that would rear and charge. She took a very aggressive aproach because she was an aggressive horse. She had learned that vet students backed off if she reared and charged them. When I did not her rearing and chargeing decreased from 3-4 times a days to 2-3 times a week.

My advice while on the line would be to ignore it as long as she stays over there and is not turned toward you. Ask her to move on during and after the rear. Let her know it will not get her out of work.

From your description of her turn out that is the issue. This seems to be new and the rearing is as well so I would definitely see that the two are connected.

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