ridecamp@endurance.net: Rearing


DreamWeaver (karen@chaton.gardnerville.nv.us)
Tue, 04 Feb 1997 15:23:26 -0800

At 03:14 PM 2/4/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Is it wise to hang onto your reins when your horse rears and you're sliding
>off his back; I wouldn't want to pull him over on top of me. This happened

>From somebody who has a horse nicknamed "Hi-Hi Silver" <g>, I can answer
this question! Drop the reins, lean forward and grab the mane to hang onto.
That's what I was taught, and it must work because I have never come off and
we've done some pretty spectacular movie quality stunts! ;-0. Though he
hasn't done it in a year now, I think (yah) we got thru that little problem
(this is actually the same horse I can brag "I've never come off of") Uh-oh,
shouldn't have said that!!

I have found that a horse cannot rear if it is moving foward. I find that
pulling their (horses) head around and driving them forward (into a circle)
and keeping the momentum going keeps them from being able to go up. My
horses particular problem was that he reared when I would not let him go
forward, so letting him go straight only would have let him get away with
mis-behavior, that is why I opted for the circles.

A friend told me that another way to teach them not to rear is to break a
water baloon over their head. Though I don't think I'd be capable to
pulling that one off (and stay on at the same time, hardly).

Happy Trails,

in Gardnerville
& Rocky aka Hi-Ho Silver
& Weaver who thinks it's funny

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