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post #21 of 26 Old 05-20-2010, 06:47 AM
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If the problem persists after you fix the ill fitting tack, either the tack wasn't the cause, or, now it's just a straightforward disobedience. You should first eliminate other causes/pain, if the horse is now just confirmed in the behavior, then what kevinshorses and I recommended would work.

squeezing them forward and asking them nicely doesnt help one bit?
is not what we're talking about. Driving them forward and having the horse consistently in front of your leg is more like it.

However, if the horse is really confirmed in the behavior, it would be wise to get a professional to ride it and work through the problem. This really is a dangerous behavior and it requires a calm, confident, assertive rider to fix.
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post #22 of 26 Old 05-20-2010, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by koobean View Post
well what if the problem is old? like the horse started rearing in the first place because of bad fitiing tack, for example, then it frotted in a field for a year or two, then you get it, use tack that fits it, but it still rears because its become like an automatic reflex for him to rear everytime you ask him to do something he doesnt like? because then the tack usnt on him anymore so you cant remove it to adress the problem directly, then what should you do? and squeezing them forward and asking them nicely doesnt help one bit?
First, it would have to be VERY poorly fitting tack to cause a horse to rear. Too many people want to blame thier horses behaviour on poor fitting tack or abusive previous owners or the horses gender or anything else they can dream up. Read the previous posts by Maura and myself closely and you will see what to do if asking nicely doesn't work. For advice on this forum to work you actually have to read the posts.

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Have you also considered that she may be explosive around the stallion because it's "that time of the year?" I like all the previous suggestions, they are great. I am also thinking if it is that "time" for her, things may calm down a bit more and it will be easier to break her when it's over. Not that I'm discounting anything or saying it is permissible because it's not... Just thinking there may be a lot of different things contributing to it that may need addressed. You may have an extremely hormonal mare on your hands.
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Good point, Cinny.

It may very well be more than herd boundness or buddy-sour; it could indeed have a hormonal component.
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i had a girl in who reared from bad riding and a bit that was way too harsh for her.. i put her in the snaffle and did the egg thing and she's fine now.. then my horse was still wild when i got him, well, he had been "cowboy" broken once, and also did the egg thing and he's perfect now.. i can steer him with his mane and stop and back up and rear on command with no tack at all so, i do think the egg thing will work for some horses.. and my boy was already 8 when i got him..
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I believe she was in heat when we brought her home....loads of "flagging", urination, high alert and "talking".....I also believe she was herd bound, as when we went to see her she wouldn't come to the owner unless the "dominant" gelding did.

When we got to the driveway, (which went to the left, our house was straight up the road 1/4 mile) she immediately wanted to go left, up the drive. I circled her right in tight circles, and when she stopped, I had her facing home. She immediately went left again, and before I could get her back around, she was starting to rear.

When I got off, although she was facing the stud driveway, I pushed her towards the house. If I'd gone the other way it would have been a long walk home! haha Anyway, by the time we were half way home, she was fine again.

I've got her to come to me in the pasture, and we're working on holding still while I get on (something she has a really hard time with). I take her out everyday, sometimes its just to groom her, sometimes we ride. Ride length varies, and she is getting much better about being relaxed. We never take the exact same route 2 days in a row, and she doesn't want to rush back home when headed that direction.

I think what I'm going to do, while DH is home, is have a long line on her with him on the other end. We will walk by the neighbor's while I'm on, and if she gets out of my control, at least he'll be there to regain it.

I admit, I never had any formal riding classes, and have no idea about leg pressure to push, or squeezing for speed, etc. Heck, I just figured out last week that she responds to voice commands (except Whoa, which she hates. ). When she starts her "parade prance" I give a firm "WALK" and she settles. All the horses I had as a kid were broke to me....I rode bareback 99% of the time and squeezing my legs was just part of hanging on. So, this is a learning curve for sure.

We'll get it, her and I, its just a matter of time. Thank you so much for all the advise, even if I don't know exactly what you're talking about, I get the idea and can implement it.
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