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        02-16-2009, 08:24 PM
    Originally Posted by Cascade    
    I had a horse that reared, when he came up, I had an egg and smashed it between his ears, and he never did it again. I'm not sure if that works for most horses, but an old cowboy (and I do mean -old- LOL) told me that trick and it worked! But I agree, send him to a trainer, or have one come out and help you correct the issue :)
    Well said. The cleaner way but less efficient way is to smack as hard as you can with your bear hand between the ears. It took 2 goes this way to teach an old gelding of his habit.
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        02-16-2009, 08:31 PM
    Like said before, if you stop him he can go up ... if you make his work and move forward he can't go up ... if you ride english, see if you can borrow a western saddle from someone so you have a better seat/chance to stay on and if you are experienced enough- ride through it ... sounds like he has learned that this is a good way to get out of working.
        02-16-2009, 09:46 PM
    Originally Posted by RoostersMom    
    In my opinion, this is a fatal horse problem. I would not keep or ride a horse that rears. It is not worth the risk of getting seriously (and I do mean SERIOUSLY) hurt!
    It is not a problem for everyone to solve for sure, but we don't know how much experience the OP has with this horse, with training, with riding, etc. etc.

    Rusty -- when you say major problem, what does that mean? Is he going right up, or just threatening to go up? Does he do this every ride? Multiple times in a ride? Does anyone else ride this horse and have the same problem? You have a few issues here, the most dangerous is, of course, the rearing. How does he behave if you do groundwork with him away from the barn? Maybe you need to go back to the basics of respect and discipline.
        02-17-2009, 02:07 AM
    Originally Posted by Cascade    
    I had a horse that reared, when he came up, I had an egg and smashed it between his ears, and he never did it again. I'm not sure if that works for most horses, but an old cowboy (and I do mean -old- LOL) told me that trick and it worked! But I agree, send him to a trainer, or have one come out and help you correct the issue :)

    Haha that's funny, nice work
        02-17-2009, 02:12 AM
    Originally Posted by Katie33    
    haha that's funny, nice work
    It's honestly the best way to get a horse to stop rearing. It's the sounds that terrifies them which makes them end up being more scared of rearing expecting this to happen than the initial reason as to why they were doing it in the first place.
        02-17-2009, 12:37 PM
    The egg thing doesn' work for every horse though.

    If you feel the horse is ready to rear push his head in one direction with one rein (some kind of one-rein stop). Make him to move hindquarters on same spot. In this case he won't have enough balance to rear. As long as he feels more relaxed let him go forward again. If you feel he's about to rear, turn his head and move his hinds again and so on. After while he'll realize it's easier to just keep going.
        02-17-2009, 12:45 PM
    YES!!!! I agree STRONGLY with the other posts!!!!!

    Rusty~ By the sounds of it, you are not an experienced rider. How long have you been riding? I would say if you, or a trainer can't fix the problem, sell him! He sounds like a problem, and nonsence pony, that is trying to get on your nerves!!!!!!!!!!!
        02-21-2009, 09:40 AM
    Ok thanks for helping me

        02-21-2009, 10:59 AM
    Well all I can say is get an experianced person to come in and work with you.

    But don't give up on your horse. Selling your horse is not always the solution. I have seen to many good horses given up on because people don't want to try to fix the problem. Lets just say there are to many riders and not enough horsemen.

    Most importanly as long as he does not try to flip over, when they flip that is when it is dangerous . It seems like he dosen't like being alone. Have you every had another horse go out with him.

    Either way it is something that can be fixed. Just remeber to stay calm when he does go up and get you self a trainer to help you.

    Good Luck
        02-22-2009, 09:29 PM
    Rearing under saddle is a COMMON problem we come across in some of our rescues and training projects, No one seems to know how to deal with this properly then they label the horse dangerous and off it for $100.
    We received a very nice Quarter Horse last spring with a bad rearing problem, He would throw enough of a fit to flip himself over if need be. If he wanted to go left down the trail and a rider made him go right he would rear, leap, launch, and FLY to make is point. No, tie downs do not work or even slow a rearing horse down. No, egg over the head has never worked for me, My rearing horses are too smart to fall for that
    no amount of anything done from the saddle works either. My best advice is to try discipline from the saddle first, Circles. Circle, circle, circle. When our boy thought he was going to throw a fit we'd rip his face around and demand he do harsh circles. Another option, a sometimes safer option, is dis-mount (Just before or mid rear if possible) grab his face and back him up, circle him, and yell "Knock it off" or "Move your feet" in mean mommy voice. Everything must be done harsh and quick then say whoa, get on and continue. You are NOT "loosing" If you have to dismount and correct, get after, back up, lounge, lead etc... You are re-directing his attention and your asking a new task.
    However your problem is not only with him rearing, His bolt toward home should be addressed first. Not only turn him around, but make him do circles, get after him! Maybe its time to either work with a trainer or send him out for a few weeks? He sounds like he is getting away with pretty naughty stunts.

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