My horse wont stop rearing
My new horse wont stop rearing she has had her back and her teeth done so i no that it isnt anything like that but i will be riding her and she will randomly go up she has fallen back on me twice now and i have only had her 3 weeks i dont no what too do i have tried tapping her firmly on the head which didnt work i dont know what too do
In most cases, rearing is simply the horse protesting the idea of going forward, particularly into contact if it's not used to it. However it gets very unsafe very quickly, so please bring in an experienced person to ride her through it.
I'd definitely consult a trainer. Rearing is actually more dengerous than bucking in most cases, especially if she's going over on you.
You could try a tie down to prevent her from getting her head up very high, which will help you to turn her should she rear.
Some people would suggest pulling her over & not letting her get up until you're both calm. This works in some cases, but it can be quite dangerous.
Did the horse act like this when you test rode her? Is it possible she was drugged? Do you have a contract stating the horse was sold to you as a "sound, sane mount" or the equivalent?
Lots of things you can fix on your own, but rearing is something you should not correct by trial and error. It is far too dangerous.
Rearing is always something that a professional should deal with. Methods like pulling her over can be extremely dangerous, not to mention life threatening for both horse and rider, and shouldn't be recommended so lightly.
You say she will "randomly" go up. I doubt that. Usually there is a trigger, although you may not recognize it. Your goal is to learn what the trigger is. Something you do? Something in the environment? Something that moves/shifts on tack or clothing?
You also need to learn to feel the rear BEFORE it happens. I have a horse that will rear, but when I am on her I am ALWAYS attentive for it. If I feel her ready for a rear, I immediately change her direction or push her forwards, depending on the situation. In months and months now she hasn't managed to get up even a few inches. However, I won't let anyone else ride her (except MDH who stubbornly insists he can handle her... <sigh>); she is just too unpredictable.
If you are not experienced in training, you may indeed want to look for help from a trainer. In my case, I don't have trainers available and have spent many stupid years learning stuff on my own. Not something I would advise to others.:wink:
the thing is she does randomly go up there is nothing that triggers her and i do feel before she rears she shakes her head and goes tense this is when i will try too push her forward or turn her which doesnt work at all, and i am experienced with bringing on youngsters but it has become dangerous now.
just wondered if anyone else had any ideas,
Find yourself a trainer to ride her. I HATE rearers, actually I detest them. They are so incredibly dangerous, particularly if the cause seems to be 'random'. People die because of horses rearing, flipping over backwards and landing on them. I knew of a lady locally who was riding her horse on the road in a western saddle, the horse spooked, reared and flipped over backwards, landing on the lady and the saddle horn went through her chest and killed her.
If you fall off backwards on a rear, you are going to fall behind the horses back legs and have a **** good risk of copping one hell of a kick.
Get a trainer, if you're not experienced with dealing with this, do NOT persist, find someone who can do it. To be honest, I'd rather dog a horse that rears than risk having the mongrel go up on me. Bucking, spooking, spinning etc. does not scare me, I make my money out of training horses, but I will not touch a rearer.
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