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    07-21-2007, 12:19 PM

Originally Posted by futolympeventer327
PLEASE PLEASE do not get in her face, if she is reacting because she is scared this will only serve to further terrify her and she will eventually flip herself over and you may have a permanently lame horse.

When a horse rears do not pull against them, carry a dressage or longe whip and drive her forward from her hindquarters. Make her pay by moving forward and doing some sort of work.

If you have a helper what also may work is have them walk on her other side if she goes up you stay next to her shoulder and have them snap her on the belly with a towel or whip, this will make coming down her own idea to protect herself without her becoming resentful toward handlers.

Goodluck! Rearing horses are a difficult bunch :)

Yes I tried the advice I recieved before and for "MY" horse it only seemed to scare her. When she rears she isnt doing it out of fright,
Her body language is saying that much. So I thought maybe driving her forward would work and it has been making her go down in the front and it doesnt really scare her. And then I just read your reply, so I know now someone else has used that method before as well. But I do not belive she is rearing out of fright, like firelight27 and desperate horsewife are saying, I belive it is a respect issue.

If I seemed disrespectful about the advice I recieved before, that is not what I intended, Those methods just don't work for my Specific horse but I am still very thankful for your help.
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    07-21-2007, 04:53 PM
As I said, different methods work better for different people, horses, and situations. I am also a fan of driving in circles. The key behind driving in circles or driving backwards is the work they have to do as a result of their behavior rather than the specific directions.

My horse is a rather low key fellow, so I was not so worried about him becoming too scared and going over backwards - so backing worked fine for him, but I could see that being an issue with some horses. In the few times he did it and I reacted, back was the best direction for us to go with me responding immediately. Circling is excellent also if you are in a good area - and actually better to really make them work :)

I am sorry I was not more clear about the "get in their face" comment. I did not mean it literally (I was on a long line for goodness sake). I am talking about getting real big, yes, maybe a little scary, and basically making your presence and authority very clear to them. Please stay clear of feet :)

This is why my posts are usually novels - if I do not clearly ariculate everything, there are misunderstandings about what was said. That will teach me to be less wordy :)
    07-21-2007, 04:56 PM
I would go with what firelight said, use a rope halter. You don't want to make her go forward, horses think forward is a good thing.
    07-22-2007, 05:28 AM
I'm glad you found a way to get your horse back down on the ground. I think that's the most important step, and it helps greatly with the safety of your relationship. I think the driving concept was the most important point, whether its back, forward, sideways, etc. And yes, each horse has a different threshold for how aggresive you can be. The trick is always to find your horse's comfort zone, and the limits it reacts best within. Its true you don't want to frighten your horse, nor allow much in the way of misbehavior. Its always a line you have to find that's different with each horse. Hope you keep progressing! ^_^
    07-22-2007, 10:47 PM
I am sure after you guys bond you wouldn' have a problem

Cheers 8)

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