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post #1 of 9 Old 07-12-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Rearing! Oh no!

I just posted a thread about how wonderful my horse is doing, which is true, but I have also hit a problem that worries me quite a lot. My mare has recently started rearing. I have not changed anything about her tack and the vet has been out recently and said she is healthy and sound. I don't know what could be causing it. She has only gotten to the point where I was worried she may fall backwards once, but I don't ever want to be there again. What are some ways to help correct the rearing isue when I feel it coming on?
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Horses just do not have 'rearing spells' like a migraine headache. There is something causing her lack of impulsion and her resorting to rearing to get her way.

Is she 'barn sour' or 'herd bound' to a buddy?

Are you riding with a tight rein?

Are you 'fearful' and lack confidence? Is her lack of impulsion being caused by your lack of 'leadership skills?

Rearing always revolves around rider error. It always is a symptom of the bigger problem -- not the problem.

You cannot fix this problem until you figure out the cause. We can't help you either, until you figure out why she does not want to go forward.

Is there a trainer that is near you that could come out and watch you ride this horse and possibly ride her himself and diagnose the exact problem?
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I COMPLETELY agree that something is definitely causing this and that it's important to find out the cause. I'd worry about that first and foremost.
However, it's important to be safe, and if you're an eager horse person like me you're going to be back on her soon anyway. So if you ever find yourself in that situation, you need a tool to deal with it. Rearing can be incredibly dangerous. Watch this video. I think it might help you.
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Thanks so much for the video! It gave some helpful tips. I understand there is probably a reason behind the rearing, but until I can solve the problem, those hints will help me stay safe.
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You're welcome ! My mare tried to rear with me the other day too and I used this tool. I guess she was trying to communicate with me that she was scared of or distracted by the stallion in the paddock a couple hundred feet away and I used this tool to stay alive. Then I got off and dealt with the problem. It's made me a much more confident rider. Once they're already in the air, though, there's not much I can do, lol, so I have to catch it early. Lucky I know her pretty well :)

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Like someone else said, there's a reason she's rearing. You really ought to try and figure out what that is. If you don't, it will eventually escalate and you won't be able to fix her. So... can we have more details besides "my horse started rearing and I want to know how to fix it"?
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She tends to do it in one area of the arena and only on the left rein. I don't think it is any kind of soundness issue because she only does it in one spot. Two mares behind the arena have recently had babies, but they have been out there for a while, so I don't know why she would start getting in a fuss about it now.
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Without reading any other comments,
One thing that gets suggested often is Hitting them on the head with something.
I wouldn't do that, it can scared them and cause them to go backwards. Which would probably be ok if you weren't on the horses back but....

What I did with my gelding, who used to rear a lot if he didn't get his way is.
Disengage hindquarters. Then get forward movement going.
Sometimes id have to disengage and pull his nose to my knee and go in circles, fast. Then ask him to move forward.
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My little arab learned at some point in time in her life that if she reared when being asked to something she didn't want to or was scared of that she didn't have to do it. It has taken a while to correct this idea in her head in fact last weekend on a trail ride she gave me a refusal to cross a creek, second time I asked she reared, I made her do a bunch or circles and the third time she went across of course after that behavior I made her cross back and forth 5 times before we moved on.

If you can feel the rear coming on you can stop it bend your horses neck in one direction horses use their neck for balance so with the horses head turned it should make it rather difficult to attempt a rear. Have the horse turn circles till they relax then go back the start of where they were acting up and try again. I would repeat this several times. If the horse keeps acting up keep on going. This is of course after eliminating any chance of this because of a physical problem or ill fitting tack.

There is a chance that the first time it happened something scared her. You might be tensing up thinking she might rear again and could in fact be causing it. If you are nervous she will think there is something to be nervous about and be rearing as a result of that.

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