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post #1 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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I've been riding for a couple years every other week, and up until now I've ridden really easy horses. The one horse in particular is just the sweetest, kindest, most easy-going little thing you'll ever meet in your life. She hardly has to be tapped and listens well and will never buck or do anything like that. The worst she'll do is startle slightly, and even then she doesn't dart.

Today, however, my trainer started me on a horse that's more difficult because she thinks I'm ready. It's nothing awful but it kinda has me nervous. She said the horse is notoriously lazy. She said that in order to make her trot I'll have to cluck and squeeze, then kick, then reach back and tap her, but if I tap her she may buck. I don't want to tap her if she's going to buck me. I've never been bucked and I don't particularly want to encourage it but it sounds like I may have to.

Today she was fine. I did hit her once on the shoulder, which annoyed my trainer because she said to reach back, but it got her moving. When I hit her she got jumpy but it was nothing awful. She said she'll normally buck once and be done with it. I don't know if she just rears up or if she'll kick and twist and the whole bit. OH! And she said she'll dart. Like if I lean slightly in a circle or flap my arms around too much she may dart. Like she wouldn't let me circle in the canter because she was afraid the horse would dart. So naturally I was nervous, which affected the whole lesson. I was just off. I kept steering her wrong because I was looking off in the wrong direction, which I NEVER do, and my feet were in too far but I was hesitant to fix them because I didn't want her to dart if I lost my balance. It got better but we didn't even jump and these are things I know how to do.

I think I need to get my confidence up. Any tips? My big problem is leaning and losing my balance, and that's gotten a lot better. Like I'm perfectly fine over jumps; I've never lost my balance. Cantering used to be a problem but now it's a LOT easier. I still do lean though and I think if I had more confidence it would be a lot better. I'm excited for a challange because riding the easy-going horse was almost getting boring but I really don't want the horse to buck or dart off on me.

Any tips?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 01:11 PM
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I think you're psyching yourself out. Relax!!! A buck is nothing, you only make it something when you scare yourself more than the actual buck and then the horse decides to keep on bucking because now it's scared and doesn't know what else to do.

Think forward. Use a light cue first, then squeeze, then squeeze and cluck, then tap, then whip. Hitting on the shoulder doesn't help her at all.. you as a rider need to let her know what you want her to do for you. <--- once she responds, ALWAYS restart with the light cue, then continue on up until she responds.

But the main thing is relax. Fix those stirrups, don't worry about her darting away.. then she will because she can feel you are tense. Just ride her, as you would the other horse :) She's just the kind of horse that needs someone to hold her feet when she starts doing situps.. she'll eventually stop needing that help and start engaging her own hind and working and keeping up her pace. But until then, you gotta encourage her.

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Amy, how did you tap the horse? You are supposed to use your whip right behind your leg to send the horse forward, not on haunches (and not on shoulder of course). This way you reinforce the leg, plus some horses are not the fans of being tapped on butt and the reaction indeed may be a buck (or kick out). Not saying it's OK (horse should tolerate it), but it just happen for some.

Also try to drive it forward more with the legs. If horse is moving forward it's not gonna buck, and don't let it to lower the head (as it also makes the bucking easier). Overall, just relax your body, find your balance, and drive it forward. Not a big deal!
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 02:01 PM
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I recently have been working with a mare just like this. Shes used to fighting against work and everyone giving up... when I make her move she gives a little annoyed buck sometimes but its nothing major. If she really is lazy, she'd probably only want to give half hearted bucks anyway. My mare will fight me with a little buck but its a whole lot more work bucking my butt around than just moving forward so she realizes that fast. I think your instructor knows you can handle it so you shouldn't be afraid. Stay relaxed and be prepared for these things but ride her normally. Once you're on the horse more you will get more comfortable and even if it acts up you will get to know that those situations ware controllable.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I. think you're psyching yourself out. Relax!!! A buck is nothing,
A crow hop is nothing. A true buck can do some serious damage, especially if it unseats the rider.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know how bad her bucks are. I really like my trainer. She's never put me in harms way. I've been riding a couple years now and I've improved a lot in the past few months so a little more of a challenge may be nice. I've always ridden the most broken in horses. I don't know if you'd call her "green" but, for lack of a better way of putting it, I have no idea how to act around a more "green" horse so it will probably be beneficial.

Still, though. She didn't seem exactly alarmed about it but I don't really know how badly she bucks. I'm sure I'll survive. Even if I fall off the arena is very padded. Like with dirt. Falling off in there, the times I have fallen off, doesn't hurt at all. I'm aware it could hurt very badly but they've done as well as they can to make it not hurt. Falling outside is another matter, haha.

It'll be fine. Even if she bucks I'll live. I don't think her bucks are awful. My trainer said she'll just buck once and then she tends to be good for you after. She said said something along the lines of rarely will she behave for someone the first time they ride her; it takes a few rides. She's a quick little thing. Very fast trot, moreso than the other horses I've ridden, but her canter is really comfortable. She's a beautiful horse too.

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A "protest buck", as I like to call them, feels just like the horse is hopping under you. It's really easy to sit out. Once you call a horse's bluff, they tend to skip that behavior anyway and wait for a new rider to try it out on.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I dunno if that's it or not. Maybe. She knows what she's doing. She was serious about telling me. She kept saying she wasn't saying all this to scare me; she was saying this because I have to know because it could happen.

I bet it's like that though because apparently she'll do it before trotting, or trotting quicker. I guess it works. She did kinda jump today when I hit her, but then she quickly got moving and she was fine the rest of the lesson.
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Your trainer, is indeed, wise. She is giving you experience with lazy brats that need to be "gotten after". I highly doubt she would give a student a horse that will rear up & twist around. Listen to your trainer, pretty soon you will be able to ride anything.
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I agree with waresbear
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