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post #21 of 104 Old 06-30-2012, 10:26 PM
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Just a thought, might not be the brightest so have at me if it isn't.

One thing you could try is carrying a crop and fix an egg or something filled with halfway gelled red jello. When she rears up, catch her hard with the crop and hopefully it will scare her into thinking she has busted her head from going up.

Just a thought, but I wouldn't try it without someone close by incase things go south.
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Rearing is often more of a symptom of some other very serious training issue. The biggest problem with rearers is that no matter how much punishment you dole out when they rear (hitting them in the head, flicking their ears, gut-busting them, etc), it will never stop unless you address the root cause of the problem.

That's one reason why I refuse to take in a rearer for re-training. My Dad did it a lot and even when he was able to get them fixed, they were doing it again full bore shortly after they were taken home because the way the owners handled them didn't change.

OP, I'm not quite sure what you were looking for when you posted that vid; critiques? Help? Suggestions? Bravo's for sticking with her?

I have to agree with Thirteen and Wyoming, that mare is going to seriously hurt you, it's just a matter of when.

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Iseul - thanks for that info.

ThirteenAcres - thanks for your concern. I'm about to go ride her again, and hopefully will never come across this problem again, shes not a horse you can leave for a week and expect her to be somewhat okay. and she doesn't like going down the road on a good day - she has separation anxiety which is getting better but still has it.

JoesMom - yeah that's what I'm planning on doing, make the 'work' place a happy chill place and work her at home.

Skyseternalangel - I did - believe it or not, I lunged her for a long time, until she was submitting and working nicely,

Jewelsb - good point, I did hop off after a rear and lunge her right away - but I think cause it was right away she knew it was to do with the rear, I lunged her till she was dripping in sweat and puffing, poor thing, but had to be done... hopped back on and exactly the same rearing...

wyominggrandma - I understand completely - I've actually had a pony go over on me - and believe me - it felt completely different, she was unbalanced and didn't care, but yes, If she does rear again I will hop off and do some other 'punishment' on the ground - for my safety.

BarrelWannabe - thanks, but I don't want to scare her.

smrobs - like I said to wyominggrandma I'm not going to do this again, I semi had to (no i didn't HAVE to) but because I didn't know she was going to be such a cow I stayed on her, then the rears started getting bigger, so I did something different (I lunged her and got my dad to lead me)
I wasn't looking for any critique. or anything. I thought maybe someone would get slightly amused by it.
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I have to say, that I cannot imagine being your mother, and just standing there filming you doing this. I would have had you off that horse so fast. Mothers usually have a higher worry quotient, so your mother must have a lot of confidence in your skill, or is naive at how dangerous such behavior can be.
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post #25 of 104 Old 07-01-2012, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by iloverains View Post
I wasn't looking for any critique. or anything. I thought maybe someone would get slightly amused by it.
Others have given you great advice.. Smrobs is exactly right. I mean spot on correct..

And a video of a very dangerous and very possibly serious situation is not amusing.. If I were there in that situation I would have had you off of that horse in a flash and worked to find the root of the problem. Not continuing to "ride it out" like you did. Yes, I agree you have to make the horse realize it isn't going to "win" by rearing but keeping yourself in that dangerous position is very irresponsible, on your part and your mothers.
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No one says these things to upset or judge you. Just a lot of concerned horsey people here that don't want someone to get hurt. =) You seem to be aware of what you're doing and what not to do. Hopefully you can break through whatever is causing it. Good luck! ^_^

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Since I was a bit critical, I'd have to admit that you are a heck of a rider! Just like a monkey on her back.
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Thank you - and thanks for all the tips advice and concern, I do agree!

going to go ride her now - will let you know how she goes.
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Well that is just a nasty nasty habit. Your a heck of a rider though to stay on.

Ive only had to deal with one horse like this. She was dangerous. I tried all sorts of things to no avail. Finally i was so fed up, i jumped off and pulled her with me. Flipped her right over. She did it one more time, and i pulled her over again. She caught on quick.

Thats NOT something i ever want to do again. You have to be quick and accurate and safe. Its very hard to do. It did work for her...There just were no other options at that point.

One thing i will absolutely not deal with is a rearer.
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I don't think I'm strong enough to pull her over, nor skilled enough to do it safely.

anyway - just got back from a nice ride on Mim - she only did three small-med rears, and soon as she reared I jumped off (safely) and kicked her repeatedly in the gut (obviously it ain't gonna hurt her), I hoped back on where she reared, and walked her the way she didn't want to go easy.

Then she reared again in a different spot (after 10mins or so, closer to home) and again I hopped off and kicked her (flat foot/shin) and again, hopped on same spot, and easily walked on.

Then the same 'circle' thing she did the 2nd rear she reared again, not as high, but I hopped off etc again. Then she kinda flicked up her head like she was just about to rear but then thought 'I don't really wanna do that do i' Then i just squeezed and 'knick knicked' and she walked on. Then i rode her a little closer to home and did a big fig.8 and she didn't even think about rearing or stopping....

so lets hope that's my solution, because every time I hopped off her rears got smaller to non existent ... I then rewarded her with carrot and grass (away from home) then walked her back to the paddock. I think shes a little confused but happy at the same time.

Will update the next few rides - weather you want to hear it or not :P
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