FearLESS Friday Ep76
Firstly, you need to think about and remember that a rear is nothing to be scared of, unless it falls over on top of you. There’s nothing bad that can happen when you rear. If something comes up, what do you do? You just fold forward.
If you watch any people that trick train horses, and any people that work with horses that rear, it’s very, very easy. And as you fold forward, you can even hug the horse’s neck so you don’t fall backwards.
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Unfortunately, I haven’t trained my Friesian to rear on demand yet. I think that would be really cool. I’d just apply the rear aid and get him to rear. Firstly, you need to think about and remember that a rear is nothing to be scared of, unless it falls over on top of you. There’s nothing bad that can happen when you rear. If something comes up, what do you do? You just fold forward. If you watch any people that trick train horses, and any people that work with horses that rear, it’s very, very easy. And as you fold forward, you can even hug the horse’s neck so you don’t fall backwards. Yes, I’m giving you a hug. You don’t like it. But you can hug there, you can even hug there and you’re absolutely fine. It’s what happens after the rear that you might be a bit more concerned about, but let’s not go there.
If you have lost your confidence because your horse rears, the first thing to realize is that you’re absolutely fine. The second thing is, most people either have a big thing around the horse rearing because either it happened quick and it got them in the face, which hurts, and can break your nose. I already broke my nose jumping on a trampoline, so that’s all fine. Or, they’re so scared, they feel the horse rear, and they actually pull the horse back, and they pull the horse over on top of them. Which I’ve also done, thank you very much, Raven.
I’ve had lots of horses that are rearers, and had one come on top of me and had lots of things happen. And the thing is, you’re scared of anything unless you have a strategy. So now any horse that rears, I fold and hold, and I loop my reins because I don’t need them. There’s nothing to do when they rear. And the second thing to realize is what caused the rear in the first place.
So this is a core learning. A rear is a backward movement. The horse thinking backward. Now the dressage horse, what should a horse think about? Forward. Forward, forward. So if your horse is thinking forward and you’re galloping forward and you’re always going forward, it’s impossible for your horse to rear. This is something that I learned because obviously I rode a bit backward. It’s not just coincidence that all my horses reared. So I had to learn how to ride the horse forward, and keep its legs moving. As long as I kept the horse moving and kept the horse thinking forward, then I was always okay.
So if you have a horse that rears, n you need to get confidence back after a horse has reared, I want you to first even practice on a horse. You can halt your horse, and go, “Okay, is he going to rear? I’ve got it. Is he going to rear? I’ve got it. Is he going to rear? I’ve got it.” And then that just gives you the strength and the courage to go, “Yep, I can do that.” I physically can bend, and I physically can hang on.”
And then secondly is knowing that I’m going to ride my horse forward above the tempo. So if the trot that the horse gives me, so if Key wants to trot like this, I’m going to trot him … Whoa, okay. Not that fast. But I’m going to trot … That’s a forward reaction. That’s all good. I don’t have a problem with this horse not thinking forward. He thinks forward too much and he doesn’t want to come back to trot. Good boy.
But yes, this trot if he was a rearing horse, is the trot that I would do. I wouldn’t do … Whoa. Slowing down is hard for us. Whoa. Ho. Just need a circle to help me. But yes, I wouldn’t do this trot, because this trot isn’t as thinking forward. And definitely not this trot. Good boy. So you always want to think forward, always want to think that the horse is going, and you’re going to be feeling fine.
If you need more help with fear, because I understand fear is logical. Fear is, “Something happened to me and I want to make sure that I have the steps and the strategies in place to deal with it.” That’s great. That’s why we just learned about the rear. But also it can be illogical. You can be scared that every horse is going to rear, even though it’s never reared in its life. Or you’re scared it’s going to do something else.
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