I want to start this thread by saying that this is HYPOTHETICAL. I do NOT have rearing horse on my hands and I am NOT considering using this or any kind of punishment on my horses.
That said, I was talking to a girl that used to ride my horse for me a long time ago. I was comparing my horses current behaviour to the way they used to be. I mentioned that as the horse in question was a youngster when I got him, I am glad I never had any major problems with him, like rearing.
She told me he had reared with her once and she had brought her whip down on his poll, and that he had never reared since.
I'm shocked I wasn't told about this. I have to admit it was news to me. Apparently she forgot to mention it. It was a long time ago, I'm letting it slide. She hasn't ridden my horse for years.
So I was aware of this as a method of punishing a rearer, but I admit I hadn't given it much thought until it became related to my own horse. I can't imagine it being a practise I would ever use, whether my horse was rearing or not.
So I'm just wondering whether the experienced of you feel this to be a valid tactic and whether you have ever used it? I'm not here to make judgements or attack anyone. I genuinely would just like to hear some informed opinions from you guys.
Thanks if you contribute!