Rearing

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  1. BKKain

    BKKain Senior Member

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    A friend of mine is looking into buying a 3 year old filly, ground work done, friendly, beautiful...with one fault..She is starting to rear...Now I don't know all the ropes when it come's to rearing, But I do know its fixible. For $150.00 Would you take on this mare?

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  2. MissBandit

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    only if the person in question has EXPERIENCE training a horse to quit rearing. It's a dangerous little quirk and not one that everybody should be messing with.
     
  3. BKKain

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    Thanks bandit, She is an experienced horse woman, Couldn't tell you if she's dealt with one who rears before or not.

    I was going to mention to her, to bring in a trainer and see how that goes..
     
  4. BKKain

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    Anyone else?
     
  5. Jess!

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    I hate horses who rear, I don't think I'd even pay to take one. But $150 isn't too bad.

    I've had them in the past, and my most recent one had been good about it. It may not work, in fact I KNOW it won't work for a lot of rearers...but I would smack the horse square between the ears with my crop.

    Also, as soon as I felt the horse get light on her front end I'd engage her back end, make her circle, move forward, etc. Asking a horse that rears to back up when it is upset/nervous is just asking for them to go up and even over.
     
  6. BKKain

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    Thanks jess,

    At this point I dont think I'd smack the horse in between the ears, I think that might cause more fuss. I agreee with moving forward, circling ect. I will relay this on to my friend.


    Open to hearing tips on how to address "Rearing" and how to help your horse through this issue. Personally I don't think rearing is something that will never be fixed, it just takes paitence!
     
  7. Jess!

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    I agree. I do not agree that a past rearer is ever "cured". It's still in there somewhere, and at some point the horse might get pushed to the point where they are just going to rear again.

    You have to be on your toes around a horse that rears. I used to think problem horses were SO MUCH fun when I was younger, but now I get tired having to be constantly on edge, wondering when they are going to act up next.

    And it comes down to why they are rearing. The rearer of mine does it simply because they have no patience to stand still. So whacking [and I'm not talking about slamming the crop as hard as I can] makes them stop and think and go,"Ooh...maybe I should stand still!"

    It worked great on that particular horse.
     
  8. BKKain

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    Okay heres a bit more information regarding the mare,.
    3 year old QH mare, Ties , Loads, Clips, baths, All ground work done, has been saddles, bridled. Quoting the seller "Her biggest vice is that sometimes out of the blue she rears up"

    I feel since she is still so young, and its not an everyday occurance , this rearing problem could be resolved, I've asked the owner if there is any reason why she would be rearing, Waiting on an email back!


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  9. notanumber

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    I occasionally have an issue with my girl getting 'light' on her front end as well. The legs come off the ground, but I don't think it's a full-blown rear (though she has done that once - with me on the ground, which, IMO, is much easier to correct than in the saddle). She is so sensitive that I haven't brought a crop into it yet, as the incidences seem to be dwindling off with just circling and disengaging the hindquarters (and I'm getting better at predicting when she's going to get fussy).
     
  10. BKKain

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    I am going to tell my friend the worst thing that could happen is having to sell her, I think this filly has tons of potential. I know a few people who are very experienced and talented who I am sure wouldn't mind helping her out, who knows maybe I'll scoop her up from my friend if she doesn't go through with it!

    Thanks guys for giving me your honest thoughts!
     






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