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        04-02-2013, 01:06 AM
    There r two ladies around here that do it. One "shows" off in parades. Lets her horse rear up constantly through town, while everyone elses horses are getting spooked about it. The other is a younger girl. She thinks its cool. But she sold a pony that she had taught to rear as "child safe".... She asks if I want to ride her horses, and I honestly DO NOT want to. I am scared I'll do the cue she uses to have them rear by accident! I spent all last summer training my gelding NOT to rear! It took a month or two to get it out of him. And I havent had a probelem since. I will NOT let anyone else ride him! I know how to react when and if he does, but it isnt something I want him to do. I ALMOST sold him bc of it, before a trainer stepped up and helped me. He helped me for one day, and it's been almost a year since he has reared for ANY reason. I think it's just a stupid risk. What if you sell the horse and the new owner accidently cues it to rear,, and then unbalances the horse? If it's a beginner or novice rider chances are they will be crushed... I infuriates me! I'm with you!!!
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        04-04-2013, 05:39 PM
    When I was 12, a girl I knew had a flipper named fortune. He didnt want to go over a jump one day, wentup, and over. Broke both her legs just under the knee, and crushed part of his skull I. She drug her body to lay next to him and stroke his broken forehead as he died. His screams and her sobs are forever etched I the most fearful parts of me. None of my horses rear. And when I get one that does, he has 30 days to prove he can be *mostly* broken of it until he's set out to pasture permanently.

    A horse never stops being a flipper.
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        04-04-2013, 05:59 PM
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    We had a pony for years (36 when he died) that had been taught to rear by his first owner, a teenage boy, who fancied himself as the Lone ranger doing Hi Ho Silver. He sold him when he reared out of habit and landed on a man standing by the side of him, fracturing his skull.
    I will say that he was perfectly balanced and never went over but he learnt to do when he was asked to stand still but didn't want too so it had become an avoidance thing with him - Ok for an experienced rider to deal with but anyone not knowing how to ride a rear could easily have pulled him over on top of them. He was an otherwise really great pony that won a lot of prizes but that one vice made him too high risk to ever be called anything other than a problem.

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