Constant rearing causes concern

I have a 3 year old Paint mare that constantly rears. It's not her tack causing the problem. It gets very irritating after a while. She rides fine with other horses, until you get out of sight, and the fun begins (not really fun).I have a 3 year old Paint mare that constantly rears. It's not her tack causing the problem. It gets very irritating after a while. She rides fine with other horses, until you get out of sight, and the fun begins (not really fun).

Story originally posted by: Maggie Flowers

I have a 3 year old Paint mare that constantly rears. It’s not her tack causing the problem. It gets very irritating after a while. She rides fine with other horses, until you get out of sight, and the fun begins (not really fun). She is very spunky. She is a lovable horse and has no other problems. She runs with two other older mares that are perfect. Can you help us? Thanks for your time.

The Johnson Family

Your horse is still considered to be very young and is still hung on the socialization mode. This creates what is referred to as being "buddy sour". HorseCity has a couple of article in the training tips archives that address this situation. I don’t consider this to be a behavioral problem, because it is a basic, natural in nature, necessity for their nurturing and survival lessons. However, it’s one that needs to be addressed in its early stage to prevent their natural herding instincts from taking control of your life as an owner/handler and most of all, as the rider. The control you will obtain will also help establish the bond of trust to enhance the safety factor of this growing partnership.

When you go into HorseCity’s main page you’ll see the search the archive box on the top of the left hand rail. To search, change the year to 2000 and in the box type in "buddy sour", enter to search. A list will appear, the first article is the one you want to read. The article will actually be entitled "Re-training a barn sour horse". The article does refer to a barn sour horse, but the method of curing that is the same as the one for "buddy sour". This method will also give you the opportunity to reinforce some of the ground rules of training and cooperation. Good luck.

Maggie Flowers