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What do you do with a horse that rears? 

Many people say to sell it, don't purchase it and just walk away. I have to say that I just can't do that. I have raised this filly from the day she hit the ground and I take full responsibility for how she is behaving. She is really good on the ground and at first it translated as a quiet and easy going under saddle. However after months in the arena and inconsistent riding she has started rearing when asked to work. It started out as a little hop with a head toss; however now we are into full blown rearing now. 

People say that once they start this that you can't fix it. I however do not believe this is correct and I will refuse to give up on her. I truly believe that she is just bored and I have obviously missed something in her training. 

I am going to start with the ground again and see where my holes are. I am going to start driving her and teaching her a stronger work ethic and that it can be fun and adventurous instead of boring and mundane. 

I will keep y'all posted on the progress. Tomorrow is the beginning of bright new day! 

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I am just a girl who loves horses! Pretty much everything there is about horses from the hooves up. I come from a line of female trainers and horse lovers. I purchased my first horse when I was 15 and haven't looked back. :) I am married to a non-horsey husband who loves me even though he says I am a prime example of "My Little Pony" gone wrong. I am just going to share my feelings and experiences with you and hope that we can learn and grow in our passion for horses together.

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  1. love4equine
    You will figure this out!!!
    1. Ariana
  2. threeceltichorse
    If she is tossing her head try using a martingale on her to prevent this. One of the girls at my barn had the same problem w/her filly who she has had since it was a weanling. She went back to ground training and used a martingale/tie down on her and she is fine now. Also while ground training her she would change up the routine every few days so the horse didn't get bored.
  3. Terri AP Widdowson
    Have you had a vet come and check her out to rule out any sore spots, or vision problems? What is she typically doing before she rears or is there any pattern. Are you sure her tack fits properly? Do her teeth need floating? Just some thoughts that came to mind when I read your post. Not a nice problem to deal with! Blessings and be safe!

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