Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
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 going to 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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