Originally Posted by CapitalVendetta
Do you think it could be his previous training if physical pain is ruled out? When the trainer had a younger person ride him outside so I could see how he handled it he would rear up alittle and the guy would kick the crap out of him... I didnt really like the way he rode him while I was their. He made it look like he was deadlegged. I've found from riding him everyweek that he is really resposive and soft on your hands. For a non hunter he responds alot better than an of the hunters I've ridden in the past.
It could well be his previous training, although in my experience, it's heavy-handedness that is more likely to cause rearing than excessive pushing forwards. If the horse is being pushed forwards yet held back at the same time, this can cause them to rear, as their only option in their mind to escape is to go upwards.
If all pain is ruled out and he continues to rear, I would get a trainer in to help if you don't feel like you can handle the issue yourself, as it can be very dangerous, and if he realises rearing will get him out of working, it may became a habit, and it is one very difficult to break. I knew a horse that learnt that doing little mini-rears got her out of working correctly with her owner, so when he went to my boss and she didn't let her get away with this and continued to push her forwards, she would go into full-blown upright rears, and ended up slipping sideways and going through the school fence, with my boss on top of her. My boss was lucky not to be seriously injured, but got back on and continued to work her, and when she learnt that rearing got her nowhere, she soon stopped.