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lorgrad 07-19-2008 04:08 PM

I need to know what to do.
I need to know what to do when my horse decides to rear at me when i'm on the ground working with him. He's got to the point that i am afraid of going in the pen to work with him but if i knew what to do when it happens then i might not be as scared. Please help.

xoILoveMyHorsexo 07-19-2008 04:30 PM

Wow rearing is a very diffucult problem to solve. When you go in the pen you could immedialtely get him busy, back up, canter, trot, walk, and halt. Build his respect and let him know that you are the boss. Carry a lunge whip. If he rears crack it. Don't hit him or anything just crack it right next to him. That might get him to concentrate on it so he will stop rearing. Sorry can't help much more, never really had experience with rearing.

palogal 07-19-2008 04:45 PM

DO NOT BACK HIM UP. Also, don't put pressure on the head. That will encourage him to read.
Put him to work though, definitely. Lunge him and lunge him hard. What are you asking for when he rears?

Whatever it is, after the rear, lunge him 'till his knees smoke and go right back to it. Wash rinse repeat until he does as he's asked without rearing.

PoptartShop 07-19-2008 04:57 PM

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Definitely show him who's boss- I agree, KEEP him moving & busy! ;) Keep him focused. Lunge him lots.

lorgrad 07-19-2008 05:12 PM

right know it is only when i ask more of him when i am lunging him. Knock on wood, it is with nothing else i ask of him but i am afraid to ask other things because of the raring until i know how to control it on the ground work. I know he knows i'm scared when he does it. but i try not to show it but with a 1,000lb's of muscle going in the air at you , you can't help to be scared .green person green broke horse doesn't mix i don't think. He loves to come to fence and love allitle and then he turns his butt. i think it is a reall disrespect problem. I've had him for almost a year feed him every day at the same time and he knows it to because he waiting for it. Never hit abuse nothing but love him and he wants to disrespect me. I know they are not like your family dog but still he should know by now i'm not going to eat him :lol: Thanks for all the advice,

girl_on_black_pony 07-19-2008 07:15 PM


Originally Posted by palogal

Whatever it is, after the rear, lunge him 'till his knees smoke and go right back to it. Wash rinse repeat until he does as he's asked without rearing.

Work him hard and try not to provoke the rear. I fhe does, make him work even harder. Just dont let it become a habit and carry over to riding. It's very dangerous and virtually incurable once at that stage.

FledgeOfNarnia 07-19-2008 07:35 PM

I agree with what everyone else is saying. You have to shown him YOU'RE the boss. I know it's hard. I've got a warmblood mare that has an attitude. Sometimes I'm too scared to work with her.

If all you do is love 'em (I am NOT saying loving them is a bad thing) or spoil them, they can grow very disrespectful and dangerous. But I'm not saying turn into a harsh taskmaster either. It's the hard happy medium.

Good luck.

NorthernMama 07-21-2008 12:56 PM

I don't agree with what people are posting here... lots of times people say to work the horse more if its acting up, but to me that is not solving the actual problem, just making the horse stronger to resist longer.

IMO, you are right -- you need to deal with the respect issue. As a training point, I would teach him slowly to lower his head on command. Do this by applying down pressure on the lead and as soon as he shows any inclination to lower his head, release. Do this as often as you can w/o upsetting him... maybe only once or twice the first time and up to four times as he gets better at it. It's often a difficult thing to get a horse to do, and takes time, but it does work. I am also currently dealing with one that likes to rear when upset.

To deal with the actual rear, the trick (again, IMO only) is to catch it before she gets momentum of any kind. That means as soon as her head starts to come up, apply down and back pressure if you can, or if not turn her. It's difficult to start a rear if you through off their balance. If she does get into the rear, you can't stop it once she's started. So let her come down and calm down and try to figure out what caused it. Maybe avoid that lesson until you have the head-lowering lesson progressed further.

Rearing is, as you say and see, very dangerous. I would concentrate on this above and beyond anything else. Good luck.

iridehorses 07-21-2008 01:34 PM

Personally I think it's time to get some help. I think you are over your head with your horse and are creating a very dangerous situation for anyone else who has to handle him or any future owners.

There comes a time when getting all the advise you ask for is not enough and someone else has to step in. Your fear is being transmitted to your horse and he is taking advantage of it. It will only escalate from here without someone to take over his training for a while.

You are 100% correct in saying that green horses and green riders do no mix. It is all to often a common occurrence and many of these horses are passed on to unknowing riders - the auctions are full of them.

I don't mean to come across as harsh but from the tone of your posts, I don't think you can safely carry out his training at the moment. Some outside help for both of your may be just the thing to instill some confidence in you and respect in him.

kitten_Val 07-21-2008 02:59 PM

Are you sure he rears "AT YOU"? I had this issue and the reason was my horse was overbacked, so when I tried to back her she reared. She also reared when she was afraid of something.

As suggested may be it's a good time to bring someone with enough knowledge to help you out!

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