Rearing is a complex technique. Teaching a horse to rear can be difficult. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges that you may encounter when trying to teach your horse this skill.
Rearing is an advanced riding movement in horseback riding and Western disciplines. Rearing may also be seen in other animal species, particularly horses, where it is fairly common. Rearing is the result of the animal lifting both its forelegs from the ground to move its center of gravity backwards or forwards. Usually, rearing is a sign that something is wrong with the animal, although it can sometimes be used as a training command by a person who wishes to have the animal raise its front hooves for some reason such as jumping over an obstacle or mounting its rider.
Teaching a horse to rear is a fun and rewarding experience. It’s also quite easy! You can teach your horse to rear in just a few weeks, using these easy steps:
-First, find a place where you can practice. This could be in your backyard or on a riding trail. Make sure there are no other horses around, because they may try to join in and you don’t want them to get hurt!
-Next, put your horse in a bridle and saddle him up. Make sure you have placed some kind of padding underneath his body so that he doesn’t get hurt when he rears up. You will also need to wrap your reins around the saddle horn so they won’t get caught on anything while you are teaching him how to rear up on command.
-Now that you’ve got everything set up, it’s time for the fun part! Give your horse an “up” command by saying “up!” loudly enough for him to hear it over all of the noise from around him (like cars driving by). If he doesn’t respond right away with an up movement from his front legs, give yourself some time before trying again—he may not understand what you mean at first! Once he
The first step to teaching a horse to rear is to get it comfortable with the idea of being lifted. This can be done by putting a small, lightweight saddle on the horse’s back and then lifting it off the ground with a block or other support under its belly.
Once the horse is comfortable with this, you can start working on building up muscle strength so that it can carry more weight. You can do this by putting weight in the saddle and letting your horse carry it around while you walk forward.
After that, you want to work on getting your horse used to having its front feet off the ground while standing still. You can do this by putting blocks under each foot and holding them there while walking forward slowly.
Now comes the hard part: teaching your horse how to actually rear up on its hind legs! The first step is making sure that both front legs are off the ground but only one hind leg (the left). Next, bring your left hand up so that it’s level with your shoulder; then bring down your right hand so that it’s level with your hip and pull slightly upwards on your left rein at the same time as pushing slightly downwards on your right rein (this will cause your horse’s head
Teaching A Horse To Rear
If your horse rears, you’re in danger of being unseated, fallen on, or struck, and the horse may lose its balance, falling and injuring itself. A horse that rears while hitched to a carriage can fall on the driver and passengers, cause injury to itself, and destroy equipment and objects around it.
Once a horse learns this behavior as a way to avoid work or express frustration, it’s difficult to stop. If you’re a beginner rider, it would be extremely dangerous to try to solve this problem yourself. Instead, you’ll need to find a professional who can help you.
Why Do Horses Rear?
It’s essential to understand why your horse is rearing before attempting to eliminate the behavior. Before considering any other causes, think about the possibility of physical problems. Soreness from a poor saddle or harness fit and overgrown teeth are common problems that can make a horse act out.
- Girths: Poorly placed or too-tight girths or cinches may make your horse cranky.
- Health issues: A veterinarian may be able to help you find physical problems.
- Dental or vision problems: Have a professional check for painful dental problems and vision problems. A horse whose teeth are bothering it or one that can’t see properly may rear as a way of expressing panic.
- Poor training: After checking that equipment is comfortable and there’s no physical reason your horse is rearing, consider whether there are gaps in your horse’s training that could cause it to be frustrating, confused, or overwhelmed by what you’re asking it to do.
- Under- or overstimulation: Is your horse eating too much grain and not getting enough exercise to burn off the energy? A horse that spends most of its time out in a pasture will be less likely to blow off excess steam by rearing, bolting, or bucking. A horse that’s bored with its routine may act out too.
What to Do If Your Horse Rears
Most often a horse will give some indication, such as balking, that a rear is coming, which allows you a few seconds to plan your next move. Sometimes, however, there’s no time to react.
If a horse rears while you’re riding, keep your weight forward and centered and try your best to lean into his neck to keep your balance over the horse’s center of balance when he’s on two feet. Don’t pull on the reins because you could pull the horse’s head back further, causing it to lose its balance and fall backward.
Alternatively, you can bailout. An emergency dismount is appropriate if you feel unsafe. But you need to get out of the way quickly so the horse doesn’t hit you on the way down. The downside of this is that if you bail every time your horse rears, it will quickly learn that this is how it can get you off its back.
Bear in mind that no rear is exactly the same and what has worked previously may not work the next time as a horse’s balance can quickly shift. As best as possible, use your best judgment. Your goal should be to stay safe.
How to Prevent Rearing
Only attempt to deal with a horse that rears while ridden or driven if you know how to handle it properly. You should know:
- How to work a horse “long and low,” avoiding schooling that involves keeping a horse in frame and collected.
- How to actively drive a horse forward.
- How to engage (and disengage) the horse’s hindquarters.
- How to use your hands softly.
- How to feel if a horse is inclined to settle on its haunches and recognize the behaviors and triggers that lead up to a rear.
- How to school a horse effectively, giving it 100 percent of your attention.
- How to keep your cool at all times.
- Which bits may help and which may exacerbate the problem.
On the ground, don’t be tempted to pull harshly on the horse’s head as punishment as this may make things worse. Any training that makes a horse back up or put its head up will be counterproductive. You’ll need to recognize what triggers the rear and take steps to avoid it.
Any punishment that includes hitting, yelling, yanking on the lead, throwing your arms in the air, or waving a whip may make things worse. Punishment rarely works to extinguish any behavior problem.
Get Professional Help
If you’re a beginner or even an intermediate rider, you’ll be safer if you get help from a professional trainer.
Ask for references and check them out. Are the horses that come from this trainer well mannered from the ground and under saddle or in harness? Are the owners happy with the results and successful with their horses, whether they’re pleasure or performance oriented? Some trainers won’t want to work with a horse that rears.
Should You Buy or Keep a Horse That Rears?
If you’re considering purchasing a horse and it rears while you’re watching it being ridden or trying it out, don’t buy it. No matter how appealing the horse is otherwise, consider rearing to be a deal-breaker. If you own a horse that rears, come to grips with the possibility that it isn’t the right horse for you.