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post #1 of 14 Old 04-28-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Please help. My new horse is rearing.

I have had my new horse for a couple of months and he has now started to rear. I took him to a playday last week and he was fine the first part of the day and then started acting up. Pawing the ground, rearing and bucking a little. He acts fine when I am not on him. He follows me around the pasture wanting to be loved on. He is calm enough for my 8 year old niece to clean his hoofs but watch out if you try to ride him. One minute he will be so good and the next minute as soon as you try to get him to turn, the rodeo is on. I can not figure out how to stop this. I have tried to ride with a snaffle bit and a hackamore. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-28-2010, 10:45 PM
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What is his under saddle training background? How many times per week is he ridden? Without knowing more, it sounds like he's not getting enough work and is taking things into his own hands.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Have you changed saddles? Bits? (You mentioned using a hackmore and a snaffle; did this help any?) Has his normal work schedule changed? Has he been on long break (two week plus) without riding? Pinching girth? Any signs of pain?

Rearing has many causes.
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post #4 of 14 Old 04-28-2010, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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That may be the problem. He was out to pasture for the winter. I guess I will try again tomorrow. Do you think a tie down should be used.
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No. that is just a temporary fix. get a trainer. If the horse is determined to rear, the tiedown will throw him off balence.
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I have tried three different saddles, two snaffle bits and a hackamore. He has been used as a family playday horse for the last six years but I think they let him do whatever he wanted to. I am riding him every day, sometimes every other day. I do not understand because he was ridden by adults as well as kids before I got him. He does get along with the other horses and he is really good unless he decides that he does not want to do something that he is ask. Most of the time he does it is when I am trying to make him turn around after we have been standing still. Once I get him going he is normally fine. Do you have any suggestions? Do you think a tiedown will help?
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That may be the problem. He was out to pasture for the winter. I guess I will try again tomorrow. Do you think a tie down should be used.
Tie down? Not if you want him to flip over next time he has a tantrum. Slow and steady, calm assertive daily work, W/T/C. If you feel uncomfortable working with him for the first week or so, please get a trainer to help you. Sounds like this horse just needs to be reminded who is in charge and what is expected of him. If I had the winter off, I'd be full of heck too.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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No to the tie down. You need to rule out all sources of pain first and foremost.
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No to the tie down. You need to rule out all sources of pain first and foremost.
for once, I agree with SPirithorse.
not that it will ever happen again........lol
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No to the tie down. You need to rule out all sources of pain first and foremost.
Absolutely.

I would look to two things. You said the horse was at a payday...just how LONG was he there and being ridden. Second he acts up when you go to move him around after standing...so I would look at back or rear leg pain, maybe arthritis.
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