Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
you cannot stop a horse once it has reared, you just have to sit it out and hope they dont go over on you.
Martingales will NOT stop a horse rearing.
Please do not take on a project horse untill you are far far more advanced, A riding school will NOT teach you to control a dangerous horse.
Make no mistake a rearing horse is very very dangerous, it has the potential to kill you. Having a horse come over ontop of you can break your pelvis, your femoral artery runs through the pelvis if you sever or tear the femoral artery you will be dead in under 3 mins and no one will be able to help you.
If you dont tear the femoral artery, a horse coming over on you has a high likelyhood of breaking your spine which will paralyse you.
Even if you dont break your back a fractured pelvis is 6 months in a hospital bed absolutly stationary and then years before you can walk properly if ever.
I've been riding for 25+ years, I take on serious project horses that have major issues (see my Reeco posts). I take falls, I've been hurt, I will sit on a bucker, a bolter and a horse that is trying to turn itself inside out but I will NOT sit on a rearer.
I also would never expect a horse to rear whilst you are getting to know each other.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT
Last edited by faye; 07-08-2013 at 04:21 PM.