Originally Posted by amightytarzan5
If you do pull the horse in a circle when it rears, make sure to not pull too hard, and don't pull down and to the side. Horses follow their heads; they have to. If you pull the horse's head down, it could follow its head down a flip or fall. Pull it out and once it comes down from the rear, pull it around. This works for bolters and buckers too.
I know this all too well, and have given much the same advice to many people, but thank you.
My problem is not with the rearing per se - I can ride it out, I've done it enough, it's more that I'm confused by the style
of her rearing - when I asked her to canter (bareback) she'd take a few steps and then slam her forelegs into the ground and pop up; most horses get light in the front end then rear, they don't slam down then pop up.
Honestly, it's almost like she was trained to do a "hi-ho Silver, away!" type rear rather than her rearing out of pain or fear.
Strange... but that's my story.