Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Brunswick Canada
I have to say, the worst rearer I had ever seen was cured with a good crack between the ears with a pipe. This horse had seriously injured a lot of people, and had learned that rearing and flipping over would absolutely get it out of work. I don't know how no one had shot it already. My father was about the only nut around that would dare get on something like that, and he loved it. What a fearless man. This was a do or die situation though, a last resort, his thoughts were "if it kills it, oh well, if it lives, he better learn." It was bound for coyote bait anyway.
I was around 14, one of the last real nasty rank sobs he ever rode. He closed the gate, grabbed the pipe and hopped on, ready. As soon as that horse let out that squeal and lifted his feet, he swung. Knocked him out cold. He stayed on, waited a moment, the horse got back up, shook, and walked off nicely. That man got off, gave him a pat and let him back out to pasture. I swear to god, from that day on ANYONE could ride that horse. He wouldn't lift a foot off the ground. When he was fully trained he was a dream to ride, a fancy mover with a lot of forward motion. I rode him for a bit, before I had my accident on a different horse. That day saved that horses life.
So I do believe that it is completely different for individual horses, and it takes an extremely experienced horseman to know what method to use, how severe a method to use, or just not get on at all.
Personally, I would never get on one. I'd probably send it off to slaughter to be completely honest. A true rearer is not something I want to deal with, and not something I would trust in anyone else's hands, especially in my area. There are very, very few experienced horsemen left here.
But for small rears and little pops, life a fresh horse or a horse refusing to, say - cross a creek- I disengage the front end, and swing that rear end around. If I have to I will grab a rein and pull that nose around.