Daniel: I am not trainer, but I will ask a few questions, as this can be very dangerous for you and thoses around you if you have a long pointy thing in your hand when he does this. 1. What gait is run and what is the command for it? 2. Are you wearing spurs and if so what are your legs/feet doing when you ask for the increased gait? 3. Does he do it on increases from a trot to an extended trot, or canter/lope? 4. Does he do it on a lounge line, or just under saddle with you aboard? 5. Does he do it in formations or just when he is by himself? Answer these for yourself, think about what is happening around you and him. Try riding in different saddles, does he do it in an english or western saddle? I hope that something here might get you through this, it would help to have someone watching to maybe pick up what/why he does this. Yours, Wayne Gregory Stafford, VA
Post by Jerry Todd on Dec 20, 2004 10:04:38 GMT -5
As Wayne's pointing out - there's a reason the horse is bucking. I'm curious if by "bucking" you actually mean bucking or you mean kicking. Bucking is a pogo stick motion with an arched back.
Either way, something is bothering the horse. Horses tend to kick to secure their personal space, to tell others to stay away. Bucking tends to be to move or remove an irritant; saddle burrs, slipped girth, you, etc. Horses at play will sometimes gallop past and kick as they go by, like playing tag.
If the saddle doesn't fit him, and your seat is off-balance it may be bothering him or causing something to press his back that he thinks a bit of hopping about may remedy.
The trick is to distill it down to the cause of the kicking/bucking and deal with that.
In my experience a horse that bucks as he goes into a canter is doing two or three things. 1. The horse has realized that if he bucks he gets brought back to the trot or the rider gets off. He gets out of work so its his way of saying NO! To deal with this, you ride it out or lay into him with a dressage whip behind your leg. Reward him when he doesn't buck by laying off hard work and when he does, work him harder. 2. The horse is fresh and he only bucks at the start of the ride, if he is worked in drill for an hour or so he has less tendency to buck. 3. The horse is uncomfortable in this gait. (This is what my horse did initially.) He was strung out and hollow backed and it hurt him to increase his gait because he didn't know how to carry himself. I worked him daily in a round pen on vocal commands. He had to trot, halt, and back 4 steps, then trot out again. Eventually he had to halt, back, and canter out. What this does is put his hindlegs under him to help him bear more of the weight to make it easier to canter. By doing it without rider interference he will learn how to carry himself, and also learn the voice commands and how to set himself up properly. Once you get in the saddle and give him the same workout it will come almost naturally to him. If you don't understand what I just said I can tell you in more depth in an email. Trust me, this method of helping your horse carry himself at the canter will really change his attitude.
Hope this helps, Linneus Ahearn 9th Virginia Cav
P.S. Hey Jerry, I finally found the new forum after two reformats of my hard drive! ;D