Originally Posted by Barry Godden
If a horse rears, then for sure he doesn't want to do it.
So then you have a choice, either wait till tomorrow or force him.
Me, I'd wait till tomorrow,
So yearling rears because he doesn't want to do something or doesn't understand the cue and you put him up for the day? Nice reward for doing something dangerous........
I agree with Kevin. I've posted pictures of getting a horse to yield the hind end. Once you have control of the "engine" it's hard for them to do much of anything but yield.
what are you doing to this horse when it decides to rear?
I have the same question......is it when your leading, loungeing or something else. Have you worked with yearlings before? Are you working with a trainer?
With really young ones it's constant testing, if I rear will she stop, If I bite will she stop, if I charge will she stop. The key is to keep going but do it in smaller steps and if you need to back off and do something they already know well then that's what you do.
I'm working with a little guy who is about 2 1/2, but for all intensive purposes he's a yearling mentally. Things have been going really well, he's willing and smart. BUT, now he is starting to test his limits. He went so far the other night as to threaten to charge. He only took a step or two but his intent was quite clear...... so......there was no way he was getting away with that so I backed off what I was doing at the time and we went back to something simple. We ended on a good note.
Baby steps for babies.