Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
My horse does this when she doesn't want to go anymore, just not as severe. Like everyone said, keep him moving. If his rearing is serious, I second iridehorses, get help before you get hurt. If it's something you can handle, remember that he can't rear if his legs are moving. If he's backing up, keep backing up.
Ricci goes along trails fine. One day, we decided to try a new trail that had a really long stretch, a big hill, it leveled off a bit, and then went up some more. She went along the stretch fine, and the first part of the hill fine. When we got to the part where it leveled off, she decided she was done. She was spinning around towards home, and backing up when I asked her to go forward. Since she would only go backwards, I made her go backwards, and I backed her a$$ up the hill. After a little while, I turned her around to see if she'd walk up, and when she didn't, we turned back around and continued backing up the hill. About half way up she decided forward was much easier. And then we went up and down that hill for like an hour. Never had a problem since.
I know it was a long story, but since your horse wants to go backwards, point his butt to where you want to go, and back him up. If you feel like he is going to pop up, spin him a circle or something to disengage and try again. I almost guarantee it will work. =]
I also disagree with Zab's advice. By rearing and acting up, and then you get off, he does get a reward. Getting him to walk forward on the ground isn't the same fight as getting to walk forward while you're riding.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 08-25-2009 at 07:13 PM.