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post #21 of 24 Old 11-04-2013, 07:46 PM
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Which is why the best and ONLY advice with full on rearing is get a trainer, if you don't know how to fix it, you probably haven't got the skills either.

That is in no way saying anything bad about you, 90% of us would send a horse like that to a trainer. 5% would risk injury by doing it themselves, the last 5% have both the skill and knowledge that they need.
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Well said! get a trainer to help you. you do not want to spend a lot of time messing around with rearers. the more times they think about and do a rear as an answer to their anxiety about going over something, or going forward into an area that worries them, the more they will keep doing that. It becomes a habit, even if it is not ulitimately successful.
Don't mess around with this, get it fixed pronto!
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post #22 of 24 Old 11-04-2013, 09:14 PM
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I think you should have a vet eliminate pain as a potential source. I also think that this horse may have your number. I also think the fact that this horse goes all the way up is a bit worrisome. If you have eliminated pain as the source, and are left with a behavior issue that is much harder to fix. The problem with rearing is that sometimes you don't know you are in over your head until you are landing on it. I would go with caution. One rein stops/circles can be good but I have seen that go horribly wrong. I rode with someone whose horse was in the habit of circling when it wanted to rear. This seems like a good idea until the horse started to circle in a forest and slammed its rider into a few trees. Once that horse circled itself and rider off a hill and fell about thirty feet down a river bank. The rider was unharmed but I always think of that when I am considering replacing one bad behavior with another.
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post #23 of 24 Old 11-04-2013, 11:26 PM
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You got a deadly problem there, even if it's just a temper pop for now, this horse has figured out threatening to go up means successful evasion, ergo, you're screwed. Please get some help before this horse goes over backwards and crushes your body.

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post #24 of 24 Old 11-05-2013, 12:24 AM
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Chris Irwin's approach really helped me with a light-in-the-front gelding. My trainer put in on him and I maintained it through consistent handling. All but erased the habit by circumventing the triggers and employing endorphine techniques. Good luck & be safe.
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