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My OTTB rears when being mounted
I have a 9 yr old OTTB who has been off the track since 2008. She is a pretty easy going mare but is a little high strung. I have only owned her for just under 2 months and she has been at the new barn about a month. I have been lungeing her daily and I ride her a few days a week. She reared the first time I got on her after I moved her, I pushed her forward and our session My sister rides as well and is there with me everyday of training. My horse has reared on her 3 times (does it every time my sister mounts). She did it to my husband as well. I will reiterate that SHE DID IT TO ME ONE TIME AND STANDS FINE WHEN I MOUNT HER!! I have checked her back and she is showing no signs of soreness. I have also checked saddle fit and seems fine. I think if it was saddle fit or soreness she would do it all the time not just everyone but me. Does anyone have any helpful hints to try to figure out the issue? I have trained horses but never had an issue like this before. I love that she is great for me but I also want others to be able to ride her.
Possibly more ground work.
You just got her a couple months ago, she has no idea who you are and what to do. Try gaining some trust and respect. Be patient and understanding.
Did she just come straight from the track when you got her?
(Whoop, just saw that she was off the track in 2008)
Did her previous owners do anything to her after she was off the track?
Rearing issues to me are not something to get internet advice on, the only safe advice I can give you is
GET A TRAINER INVOLVED NOW
Yes I am shouting, and I make no apologies about it. Rearing is the most dangerous issue to deal with, and you need someone with the experience and knowledge to deal with this, and you need it NOW.
No one here can see what is happening, diagnose what is happening, or give you the skill and split second timing to deal with this, so PLEASE get some hands on help before somebody gets hurt.
I have been riding since I was five yrs old and have trained numerous horses. I have never had this issue before. SHE DOES NOT REAR WHEN I MOUNT HER!!
The horse I've really known to rear at mounting had a kidney infection. You might want to get the vet out to do a urine sample. She might also be pregnant. I've heard of other horses doing that.
Could also be your bit. One of the boarders at the barn. His horse rears because of the bit he uses(he just doesn't realize it).
The possibilities can be endless. Best bet is to get checked out by a vet and then to get involved with a trainer.
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I spoke with the woman who rode her before the woman I bought her from and she said that Mickey had not had this issue before.
Are people mounting from the ground? Or maybe they are landing to heavy in the saddle when they mount? OTTBs are VERY sensitive horses. You have to lightly sit into the saddle. If you just jump up and land on their backs they will rear.
Also is she in season? Her ovaries might be sensitive.
The only way you will truly know is to have a trainer. But rearing 9 times out of 10 is a sign of pain. I suspect their is kidney or ovary pain. You say she is healthy. Has a vet done a complete work up on her? Because there are things a vet will see that you would never see.
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