Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I would not teach a 3 year old to rear! (even in a good way) That is asking for trouble. It may be cute and fun when you want it, but from age 3-5 or so, horses in training LOVE to test their humans and what they can get away with. When you begin asking for something, she might play the game, "you want me to rear, okay" :)
This is something that I might teach an older, totally finished horse, and even then, I would think long and hard about it. If the horse ever goes to a different home (which happens often with horses as riders and horses realize different talents), a horses who rears on command can be a liability for potential buyers, and may discourage people from wanting to ride it.
You posted before about how to teach spins correct?? Teaching to rear and teaching to spin are a BAD combo. My boy naturally began doing rear moves mixed in with spins because it is such a hind end activity freeing up the front anyway. He began testing the waters, saying "is this what you want??"
You have also posted before about jumping in the near future correct?? How is teaching a young horse to jump and rear a good combo.
I agree with other posters, maybe try teaching shake, bow, spanish walk, etc. AVOID REARING until she is at least older and much farther in training.
That is my opinion...take it or leave it :)