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From  Fri Sep 29 08:36:10 2000
From: sharp penny <>
Subject: Re: RC:  Rearing Horses
To: "" <>

  A horse that is moving forward can not rear. Keep
her moving forward and her front legs busy (as well as
her mind) with lots of changes of direction while in a
forward motion. Another  great idea is to teach her to
lower her head on demand. This utilizes the concept
that a horse with its nose close to the ground cannot
rear. This is a John Lyons concept and works really
well. The head down on demand also works great for the
excited horse. John Lyons has a great 2 video set
called "On the trail with John lyons" that goes into
how to teach this cue as well as other problem solving
exercises. I highly recomended it.
    My husbands rope horse reared in the roping box
due to nerves and excitment. He taught him the head
down on demand cue as outlined in the tape. First we
taught him the cue in a non excitable calm
environment.(The back pasture for him at a walk) Once
he learned the cue and responded 100% of the time at
the walk, we incerased the excitement level to a trot,
then an easy lope then  a gallop. When the gelding was
100% responsive at all four gates we took him to the
roping pen at home. When he was 100% there we hauled
him to a team roping and worked him during the warm-up
times. When he was 100% at all 4 gates there, we
worked on the cue in the roping box at home and then
finally the roping box at a practise roping and then
in the box at a competition. The other ropers can't
believe its the same horse. He walks in the box now
calmly, no prancing,dancing and rearing. It was a long
process but it worked and was well worth the time and
     Not once was a round pen used<BG> we just
utilized the concept "ride where you can, not where
you can't", worked on what needed fixing there and
then increased the excitement level using faster gates
and more stimulating riding environment.
      The head down on demand is one of the first cues
I teach any horse I own. Thats how valueable I think
this cue is.


--- "" <> wrote:
> Nicky
> Ok, this is the problem. My horse just started
> rearing about 5 months ago. She's gotten better
> about not rearing now, but she will start to rear
> everynow and again still. I believe the problem
> started when I switched bits from a dee ring snaffle
> to a curb bit. The problem was that I was not aware
> of the differences and tried using them in the same
> manner. Learned very quickly that you can't do that
> when I landed on my rear. So, I switched back to the
> Dee Ring snaffle and thought the problem was solved,
> but I was wrong. She seems to spook when I try to
> work her in the round pen and there are other horses
> tied to the outside of it or if a certain man is
> near the round pen. I understand why she spooks
> around this guy, because he makes me very nervous to
> ride around him. My question is how can I solve the
> spooking around the other horses. Or atleast stop
> her from rearing? I've been told to hit her between
> the ears while she's rearing, but I personally
> refuse to strick her that way!
> . I have found that if I anticipate the rear and I
> put my hand on her neck and tell her down that she
> won't rear, her front feet come up just alittle, but
> as soon as I do that she settles down. I guess my
> real question is, Is what I'm doing the right thing
> or is there another way?
> Thanks for any help,
> Nicky
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