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post #1 of 92 Old 02-01-2009, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Rearing on command

First of all.. I know most people say you should never teach a horse to rear. Fine, nobody is forcing them :P
My firm belief tho is this; the reason not to teach a horse to rear is that it might do it when it shouldn't. Well, to quote a trainer: "Do you teach your horse to canter? If yes.. does he canter all the time even if you don't ask for it?" I think that sums it up pretty much. As long as it's done in a good way, it won't be a problem.

Now to my question.. anyone who knows a good way to teach a horse to rear on command?
Or a good cue?

I'm going to teach my horse this :) And I actually know how to do it, and I know we're ready for it. (Sure, we arn't highly educated in the riding, but he has the right mentality and we have a strong bond. etc etc) I'm gonna train backing as well, to make sure he knows the differense between the cues for rearing, and the cues for backing - before he learns to rear high enough to actually lift his legs from the ground. I've talked it through with my trainer and she thinks it'll be a safe way as well.
I just want to hear more about it, see different views, different ways :)

But do you have any experiences, advices or other things to share? :)

If you're going to argue against teaching horses this trick.. please come up with new arguments instead of ''he might get it as a bad habit'' or 'there is no reason to teach them this''. I've already heard those and argued against them countless times :P I'll try to simply ignore them if they come up in this thread.
Stories of ''horses that gone bad'' are always interesting tho, and you can often learn from them. Especially if you know how the ''bad'' horse was trained. So please tell! You don't have to think rearing is good, just don't bring up those two arguments. ;)

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post #2 of 92 Old 02-01-2009, 09:35 PM
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All I can say is I had a friend teach her horse to rear on command years ago, she regretted later on as it did cause issues with keeping her on all 4

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I suppose the only reason why you might not teach him is if you sold him and didn't tell the new owners what the cue was. They may get hurt by cuing him to rear without knowing it.

Other than that I know the horse at Dixie knew how to do it but I can't remember what the cue was for it or how he taught him =/. I would be interested in seeing pictures though!
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At the camp I worked at over the summer we got a little POA mare who had been trained to rear with downward pressure on the lead rope (maybe not the best cue...). Since that was her cue, whenever she pulled too far back on the lead rope she'd go up becuase she was "cued"... Just a thought.
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Wait, are you trying to teach? him to rear with you on his back?
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yes, him to rear with me on his back :)

I think the cue I have for it is original enogh to nt get confused for him or a rider. But there might be a better one :P
Any rider giving the cue I'm thinking of (not going to tell you..not yet at least) will need new lessons in how to treat a horse. Maybe he'd teach her :P And no.. it's not kicking and pulling, it's not mean at all, but it's not how you should ride. And he's not the horse that throws up and falls over, a rider doing it wrong would be able to sit but might realize that she didn't do it right. If I ever have to sell him, of course the new owners would know all about this behaviour. I don't want him punished for doing what he's trained to do. But I don't plan to sell and I do believe I can keep him for the rest of his life.

Like on the ground.. whoever steps up in front of my horse, throws her arms up above her head and say ''up!" just have to blame herself if she gets scared when he rears... ;) I don't think he'd do it to a child either, since he's not too keen on doing it at all.

Here's a small rearing from the ground.. it's not good, I want him to have his face more relaxed, not thrown upwards. I don't have any better or newer tho :) It's about a year ld.

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I was at the horse expo a few years ago and a lady had a horse that she had taught to rear like that. It reared and slipped, flipped over and they had to put it down. It was very sad.

I have a horse that rears on command. He rears on command, he rears when he's cranky, when he's feeling good, when he's just being himself. I don't have time to type up a LONG argument right now.

But here is my quick thought. If you are planning to sell this horse ever, then keep his feet on the ground, if you plan to keep him forever, then do what you will, but be safe....

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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post

But here is my quick thought. If you are planning to sell this horse ever, then keep his feet on the ground, if you plan to keep him forever, then do what you will, but be safe....
I agree, if you plan to sell that horse, you are only asking for trouble. Even if you do notify the potential buyers, the risk will always be there. Personally, this is something that I would never do period, but thats me. If you are planning on selling, I would seriously think about what you doing first.
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my friend had a app that would rear on command when your on his back. you had to pull the reigns back a certian way tho. It was neat except for the fact i learned to ride on that horse and nobody told me about it. i never fell off or anything luckly he was 22 when i started riding him and he didnt feel like getting to high lol

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This is a horse that I kept for a week. He would rear at the slightest invitation or if he just felt like it. At first I thought it was pretty cool then it became trouble when he would do it on the trail. (That is his original owner riding him in the pic).
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