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post #1 of 10 Old 08-22-2011, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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bucking while galloping!! help!!

Hi. My horse and I have barrel raced just for fun in the past, but now we're going in competition, so I started galloping him. But when we come off the turn of the last barrel, he starts galloping but then he starts bucking! It's not a mean buck, I think it's just a playful buck, but how can I stop him from doing that?? I mean, I get him going really fast, but then he bucks, and we have to start all over again. Can someone please help me?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-22-2011, 09:27 PM
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He is probably just having fun however a way to get him used to the faster speeds that an old trainer i had had us do is do a canter on the short side of your arena then ask him to extend and really move on the longer then bring him back down on the shorter and extend again on the longer do this for a couple rounds then ask him to walk it helped with a youngster i was training for gymkhana :]

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-22-2011, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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ok well i've been doing that, and we've been training in pole bending for about 2 months now, so he's definitely used to the faster speeds. But now in the past week, he's started bucking when we head for the finish line!
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-23-2011, 02:15 AM
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When he starts bucking, shut him down. Don't ignore it or let him get away with it. Pull him in a circle, trot a few circles, or make him stop, back, and restart. Preferably haul a few times and do a couple fast exhibitions, without competing, to practice this before putting money on the line again. And yes, practice speed without the barrels, in moderation.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-23-2011, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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well I do practice galloping without the barrels, also. And he's fine with that. But thanks for your help!
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-25-2011, 08:00 PM
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Have you tried running him out of the arena, like on a trail ride/does he do it then? Like the person in the first reply said, he's probably having fun, so that's why he's doing it. If you haven't tried it outside the arena, go for a little trail ride and when there's a portion that's a straight-away with no holes, try opening him up. If he starts to buck, stop him and back him past where he started bucking. Everytime he starts bucking do that and see if it helps. You have to let him know that it's not ok to buck when you're on him and there will be consequences. Good luck!

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-25-2011, 08:18 PM
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have you checked your tack?? it is possible that there is something up with the pad/saddle that is tweaking him wrong when he starts really moving..

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Sounds like he's getting arena sour. Horses that get a long break from routine work often come back better than ever. Charmayne James never ran barrels at home. She mainly trail rode Scamper to keep him fit and look at all their winnings.Running the barrels fast at home increases the risk of injury. Maybe he's getting sore.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-26-2011, 11:52 AM
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It could be many things. Check everything out, tack, pain issues, arena issues. It could be that he is getting sour at it. I never run at home, never. It can cause a horse to sour quickly and easily, cause injury, and cause big time arena issues. The absolute most barrel work I will do at home is slow stuff. Trotting the pattern alot, walking and stopping and backing/turning to disengage the hind quarters when I get to the barrel, making wide pockets when I set up for a turn. Slow easy starting work. Both of my horses stay in shape with alot of trail riding, long trotting, circle work, and ground work in the round pen.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-26-2011, 08:34 PM
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my horse used to do the same thing.
I would whoah him into the ground and back him up. if he is excited this will calm him down. Forget that you are at a competition, don't worry. If you want to get better you have to fix your mistakes! Also when you are practicing your pattern at home do slow work and work on calming him down.
Hope this helps!
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