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    03-12-2014, 03:06 PM
Training my Arab?

I got a new Arabian and he is a sweet boy, but any time he gets scared or any thing goes wrong he rears straight up. I'm worried he will hurt him self as he even does it when he is tied up. Any suggestions?
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    03-12-2014, 03:19 PM
Green Broke
Is he breaking away from his tethers when he goes up? Or just jumping a little?

Rearing is a hard habit to break, once they start reacting that way they tend to keep doing it. My horses started doing it when I was leading him to a field he wasn't keen on. He knew that if he reared he would pull the rope from me hands.

I got a 'chifney' which is a bit designed to prevent horses rearing up when they have it in. When they are being led, the bit just sits in the mouth but if and when they rear, it puts a lot of pressure on the poll and tongue which will put them off rearing.

Arabs are smart horses and maybe it is just taking him a little while to settle down with you (I have also had this problem!!) Give him time and lots of ground work and I am sure he'll come right just fine.

PS Welcome to the forum!
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    03-12-2014, 03:26 PM
Please don't use a chifney bit if you don't know how to use it properly. You could end up damaging the horse and creating an unsafe situation instead of fixing it.
My advice? Call in a pro who knows how to deal with rearing. It's extremely dangerous and I would be amiss trying to give you any advice over the internet.
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    03-12-2014, 03:33 PM
Rearing is a terrible habit. "Corporal" (Arabian, 1982-2009, RIP) was never a rear-er, though he did have happy bucks once in awhile. I'd worry MORE that your Arab is going to flip while you are riding.
Agreed, that you need a trainer to fix this. Really, though, learn to ground train. Arabs are not just smart, they are also very sociable and WANT to learn. Yours sounds like he hasn't learned to tie and is panicking at restriction.
    03-12-2014, 03:36 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
Please don't use a chifney bit if you don't know how to use it properly. You could end up damaging the horse and creating an unsafe situation instead of fixing it.
My advice? Call in a pro who knows how to deal with rearing. It's extremely dangerous and I would be amiss trying to give you any advice over the internet.
Yes of course! I forgot to add that. You can also reduce the severity by clipping it to the head collar/ halter.
    03-12-2014, 03:42 PM
Green Broke
I agree with finding a professional. I can deal with almost every situation, but riding or even handling a horse that rears "straight up" is very dangerous.
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    03-12-2014, 04:18 PM
You should be more worried about your sweet boy hurting YOU than hurting himself. Get some one knowledgeable to help you.
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    03-14-2014, 10:06 AM
If he is afraid of being tied (trapped) if you have a small pen, teach him to stand while at liberty. Let him wear off his sillies first if he's so inclined. Teach him to stand while you walk around him with one hand touching him. If he doesn't move, pop a treat in his mouth. (incentive) Do this a dozen times and he'll want to keep his feet glued to the ground. Only then do you gradually increase the size of your circles as large as you can. Because he feels he can escape an unseen predator the horse is often quite willing to stand and it's out in the open. Barns are claustrophobic to horses. Mine will stand all day if I just throw the rope over their back or neck. If he's rearing while you lead him, put a stud chain over his nose so it crosses over the noseband on the halter (not a knotted halter) and as soon as he goes up, give him more lead then suddenly pull him sideways. This will pull him off balance and usually scares the wits out of them.
    03-14-2014, 10:16 AM
IF the horse is young enough (not older than 6 months) I'll just give a little tug and make them fall down. I do it in a very slow controlled way and I help them lay down as they go. I will, if the first time or 2 doesn't do it, also put my knees on their neck and hold them down for a little while to teach them it's a bad idea. I won't try it with an older horse, they are just too big and weigh too much and the potential for injury rises exponentially, but with a very young horse it usually only takes once or twice and they give that nasty habit up forever.

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