Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I'm sorry, but rearing to me is the absolute opposite of "cool." I think it is irresponsable to teach a horse to rear - on command or not - unless the horse is with a PROFESSIONAL trainer.
Most people don't keep their horses forever. When I was your age, I thought my mare (Dancer, ironically) was going to be mine forever and ever. Then I outgrew her. Thank God she was never taught bad habits.
What if your horses have to be sold for one reason or another? What if the new owners accidentally cue the horse to rear, and they end up getting hurt? What if the horse is sold on, and even though you told the first people that the horse rears on command, they don't tell the new buyers, and the horse rears and hurts someone?
So much can go wrong with rearing.
Your horse, the one in your avatar, is super cute.. I would hate to think she'd end up somewhere bad because of her rearing habit.
As a trainer, I would much rather work with a horse that bucks than rears - it's DANGEROUS.
Anyways, there's my first rant over.
Are you girls working with a trainer? If not I strongly suggest you get one, even if it's just once a month or once every couple weeks.
My feeling is that your friend won't listen to you because you're her age, and let's face it, we all knew everything then. Perhaps she needs someone to look up to.
I hate to say it, but with the path she's on, she might get hurt or hurt her mare.
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