The rider suffered numerous broken bones. As it got closer, fear overpowered the horse and it had nowhere to go but up.

So how do you stop a horse from rearing?

First, let's take a look at the anatomy of a horse while it rears.

Sometimes a horse will rear if it is forced to yield to the bit. If a rider has had enough experience on a horse he can feel when the horse gets light in the front. Then bring your horse to a stop. Thus, if you feel your horse getting light in the front then you move him forward and do it with meaning. They came upon cows and it scared the horse because the horse was not used to cows. Another reason rearing happens is because training may confuse the horse.

As is almost always the case, the best way to get a horse to do what you want is to use psychology of the horse.

There is a dangerous problem that horse owners should be very aware of.

The rider later understood the horse felt trapped. Hitting a horse over the head when you are trying to build a trust relationship will destroy all you've worked for. A horse cannot rear while running. If he rears suddenly, he could lose his balance and fall or he could rear so explosively that he can throw himself back to the ground with the rider under him. If you're on him while this is happening and you use the reins to pull on to keep from falling, you're likely to pull the horse over. I've even read where people break beer bottles over the horse's head. The horse obediently went forward even though it was frightened. Not only are these inhumane ways to stop rearing, they are rarely, if ever, effective.

I've read where a rider was on an obedient horse while trail riding. In a way, it would be a bit like sitting in the middle of a teeter-totter where you can feel one side getting light. It is dangerous in that the horse can fall over backward onto its rider. Get him to move and you can accomplish miracles. Here are some examples.

Why do horses rear? There are several reasons why.? This problem can be quite dangerous and cause severe injuries to the rider and/or horse. On the opposite end, some horses may rear because they want to go and you don't let them. The rider tried to get the horse to go toward the cows to get it to learn that cows are not spooky.

So, if a horse has to stop to rear up then it makes sense to keep the horse moving so it cannot rear up. And it's also important he has a place to go forward ? don't have him blocked in by anything. A horse must stop (or be barely moving) to be able to rear. It's called 'rearing.

What does it mean to 'double? your horse? Essentially, you will pull his head back one way towards his hind quarters.

Some horses rear because as colts they were too young to be ridden.

If your horse rears up and you weren't ready for it then lean forward and give your horse loose reins. Some people use the handle end of a riding crop. Then double him the other way and drive him forward from it also. The moment he is committed to the turn then boot him forward. This impresses upon your horses mind that you can control him. It's when a horse stands up on his back legs. Thus, it is good to know why, if possible, a horse rears. They don't teach a horse anything except to fear the rider. But even more importantly, how to stop it. Other horses may rear if you try to get them to put out more energy than they can.

Although it's not one hundred percent infallible, the best way to protect yourself when a horse rears with you is to lean forward immediately and put your hands forward so you have loose reins. The horse obeyed Edison Bulb and went forward but finally became so frightened that it reared up, lost balance, and fell on its rider. Let the horse know, with no doubt whatsoever, to go forward. Not just a patient ?cluck? from your mouth.

Rearing is perhaps a horse's most effective defense against the rider. As soon as your horse's feet are almost back to the ground then make your horse go forward. The horse may be asked to do too much at one time and not know what to do. When your horse has gone forward a little ways then double him and drive him forward out of the double. If you have to, you could even put your arms around his neck, let go of the reins and slide off.

. For my money, there aren't any other safer ways to deal with a horse if he suddenly rears. Boot the horse ?hard? into going forward.

Other so-called 'schools of thought? to stop rearing are to hit a horse over the head with a two-by-four when he rears up. Because of a horse's enormous weight this can cripple and even kill the rider.

If your horse ever does rear with you on him, there isn't much you can do. Do it like you mean it.