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post #11 of 29 Old 05-04-2008, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Well I have a feeling I won't be riding today - my back is in spasms :P

I will be checking her back again (I checked it yesterday, it was fine) and will be riding in a saddle next time I get on; we'll see what happens.

I mis-worded what I said in Equina's quote - I apologise, I didn't realize that's what I had said; I meant to say that when I put my hands on her neck and pushed myself back (if I got too far forward; she's built slightly downhill) or grabbed mane to balance at all (she's built like a barrel ;) ) that's when she would rear.
Really, it seemed more out of fear - which makes me wonder if there was something in her past?
Anyways, we'll see how she works under saddle and go from there - maybe she's just not a bareback horse ;)


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post #12 of 29 Old 05-04-2008, 06:04 PM
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Aww, I hope your back feels better soon. :)
Keep us updated!

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post #13 of 29 Old 05-04-2008, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Update --

Rode Maia today; my back said "no" but I decided to anyways, Maia needed it. Today I worked her in full tack though ;)
I did an ample walk/trot warmup, then asked her up to canter, she felt like she was going to put the brakes on, so I popped her with my whip and yelled "get on!" to her, which made her realize that going forward instead of stopping was the right thing to do. I had to move her forwards like that a few times, then she cantered on nicely.
Soo.. I'm guessing it was that she just doesn't like being cantered bareback! Oh well.. :(
I saw that spark of potential again today - I'm very excited to move her to her new barn and get some real riding on her!


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Aww, glad it went better. Ah, some horses just aren't made for bareback lol.

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Yeah, lol since it was bareback it prolly made it even more difficult!
I have tried that and its so hard:) Enybody have any godd idess how to make it easyer?
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post #16 of 29 Old 05-05-2008, 10:48 AM
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It sounds like it might have been your bit.. or the day... or her mood...

I'm glad you worked her through it. If you have any more issues I'll lay out things I've tried with Pistol... He was a 3 year old rear-er when I bought him, boy did I think that was cool... he actually does it on command, and when he's scared, mad, happy... bored.. stubborn, basically all the time, he's 24 now... still does...
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post #17 of 29 Old 05-05-2008, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Kids (& others...) - THIS is why you don't teach your horse to rear "on command" because if they get sold down the line and someone "forgets" to tell someone else that this horse rears (on command or otherwise), it's not a good thing.


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... and to add to that.... I could never sell Pistol because I was afraid of what would happen to him... He could hurt someone that doesnt know how to ride a rear and he could end up going through the spiral effect, home to home to auction to abusive home to certain death.... so... I kept him.. and i learned work arounds but i will NEVER own another rearer...
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im glad your ok!

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post #20 of 29 Old 05-05-2008, 04:35 PM
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Yeah teaching your horse to rear isn't a good idea.

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