I wasn't going to post in this thread as I'm not sure it is appropriate to post a randome youtube video for critique without it being a member. Because of that, this thread may be removed at a later date.
I just wanted to post that as the owner of a chronic rearer, this girl is not doing a terrible job. She's making alot of errors, but as we all know, sticking to the saddle on a small pony is never easy. The barrel is so tiny that there just isn't much to hang on to. This pony is also popping a few bucks in between rears, which is probably why she's got such a hold on it's face. The draw reins appear to be ineffective on this pony.
The kicking is not at all abusive, she's got the right idea, forward motion keeps those front feet on the ground, however the tight hold on his head isn't helping her situation. This pony is actually very dangerous and is going to severely injure someone if he's not handled correctly. I don't believe she's cuing that pony to rear.
She's trying to pop him with the bat to move him forward, but she's still holding the reins while doing so. It's not helping the situation either.
There are tons of things a person can do with a rearer, none of which seem gentle.
I'm not in anyway advocating this video, nor the methods used it in. I'm just stating that if you've never dealt with an honost rearer, then you don't have a full understanding of the situation. The girl had the right idea but not the right moves or correct timing.
Please note that as I mentioned earlier, this thread may be removed at a later time.
I have dealt with plenty of rearing horses, including owning a TB whose answer to everything was rearing. In fact, its the one in my avatar.
Yes, forward motion is key in getting over rearing. And that's why I don't understand why this girl has put draw reins on and is holding his face while asking him to go forward. If this video is even the slightest hint of how the pony gets ridden, I can understand why he rears.
I would go back to ground work, get respect and control of his feet.... and teach a go forward cue. And any time that cue is given, said pony shouldn't even think about anything but MOVE.
No draw reins for sure. I wouldn't care what speed the pony decided to go at as long as it went forward when I said so. Once you get forward motion down, then you can worry about what speed.
I don't know that I would want to call this video "abuse", but I don't see anything productive.
I have no problems with a crop either, but I would be inclined to use it right behind my leg instead of the shoulder.... plus this girl is yanking the pony in the mouth when she does use the crop.
I think the way I just described (though not in complete detail) is fairly gentle.... and effective.