You are here: Horses and Horse Information Home Page > Dealing with Rearing

Lead training -
Dealing with Rearing

What is the right reaction?

It seems that all horses sometime, especially energetic young ones, will rear or pull back or run sideways while the trainer is leading him. This may be because something has startled him, or he may jump around just because he's feeling like challenging his trainer.

It can be kind of scary when a horse rears up. Their first reaction is to jerk on the lead rope or get out in front of the horse and pull on it. Pulling down on a horse's head gives the horse the feeling of being trapped. The fastest way to put a rearing horse over backwards is to keep pulling on his head because his natural tendency is to fight back against the pressure.

Many don't realize it but the only really safe place to be around a horse is close enough to it so that it can't get any swing going with its feet to kick you. That means right against the horse's shoulder. If a horse rears as you are walking beside it, you want to get as close to the shoulder as possible, even grabbing the

mane if you need to. Give the horse all the lead line it needs to rear up.

By keeping your attention on the horse and the horse's attention on you at all times, you should be able to not have to deal with rearing in the first place. It can happen, however. So if your horse does startle or pull back or rear, don't punish the horse. When it happens, you simply interrupt them with instructions of what to do next.

A horse should be having a good time. If he gets startled or frightened, you want him to come to you as the safe place to be. You want to be a person he can trust.

Register below to get
free horse tips from:

Horse eZine Cover

The Right Saddle for Cutting or Reining

For cutting and reining horse events, you definitely need a saddle thatís designed to help you "ride in balance and sit the stop." First, you want a saddle that was designed and built specifically for reining or cutting. Both of these designs have their individual advantages but remember, just because the manufacturer "calls" it a reining saddle doesnít mean it was designed "well" for reining.

Browse more horse training resources that will help you better train your horse.

 Horse Education
Horse Training Teleseminar
 Horse Information Topics
Horse health
Horse nutrition / feed
Horse pasture / forage
Horse care
Horse tack / equipment
Horse diseases
Horse shoes / Hoof care
Horse rescue / adoption
Horse transportation
Horse training
Horse trainers
Horse breeds
Horse breeding
Horse names (5,000)
Horse farms / ranches
Horse barns / fencing
Horse riding
Equestrian Sports & Activities
Horse shows
Horse words dictionary
Share a Horse Story
 Horse Business Owners
  Advertise with Us
Have your horse products or services exposed to over 27,000 of our monthly visitors.
  Home | | Privacy | Security | Legal notices | Advertise with Us
 Copyright (c) 2011. American Horse Rider & Horses and Horse Information. All rights reserved.