The second rear he starts by hopping off both hind feet then coming down then standing up on them. So he had to hop in order to get into position. His eyes seem soft the whole time.
I dont get it whats going on in his mind. What on earth is he so good at that he is worth keeping (unless he trains to do levades). Does he specialize in fixing problem horses?
Never mind, I googled him. Pardon my ignorance. Interesting he had a background in gymnastics, that seemed to play a part in sticking that rear.
Doesn't look like pain in his foot - seems like he knew what he was doing.
A long time ago I had to show a horse that reared badly at the in-gate. Jimmy Williams taught me how to ride one that reared; grab mane with one hand and keep your elbow stiff. That way you're not pulling him over by grabbing his face, and when he comes down, you're sitting up ready to send him forward. He said to never lean forward and grab around the neck. If the horse does anything at all at that point, you're off. It's come in handy several times since.
I knew it was going to be that guy before I played the clip. I don't care how good that horse is at anything, it could be a world class concert pianist for all I care, no way would I want a part of that.
Yup, Jean Luc at his finest. Never wears a helmet.
You can see, tho, that the horse does all he can to avoid putting down that front right. Probably hit a rock or something just right at the spot of impending abscess and the pain shock went right to his head.
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