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  • Horses without topline bucking in canter
  • What if saddle bridging doesn't bother my horse

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    01-09-2011, 09:54 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
I know that everyone asks this but I want an honest answer, not a 'yes' just because you ride in it all the time and couldn't be bothered getting it checked out and just think it fits, but, are you ABSOLUTELY 100% dead set certain that your saddle fits him like a glove?
Kayty, wouldn't that be a consistent problem then from the moment she gets in saddle? I mean if saddle doesn't fit, the horse probably wouldn't put up with it 20 mins going nicely on trot as well before starting bucking. Just curious...

I do remember using a pad my mare didn't like (no slip, for some reason she hates things like that), and I could tell from min 1 she'll dismount me (which indeed happened).
     
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    01-09-2011, 05:05 PM
  #12
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Not necessarily. Because of how the topline moves and shoulders open in canter, MANY horses will react only in canter. If the saddle is pinching behind the shoulders or bridging, often it will have its biggest impact in canter. For example my coaches lovely dutch warmblood started bucking chronically in canter with the saddle on, but was fine in trot. Took him to a chiro who said it looks like his saddle is bridging on his back. Sure enough, it was, she brought a new saddle and he hasn't even thought about bucking.
     
    01-09-2011, 05:14 PM
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Not necessarily. Because of how the topline moves and shoulders open in canter, MANY horses will react only in canter. If the saddle is pinching behind the shoulders or bridging, often it will have its biggest impact in canter. For example my coaches lovely dutch warmblood started bucking chronically in canter with the saddle on, but was fine in trot. Took him to a chiro who said it looks like his saddle is bridging on his back. Sure enough, it was, she brought a new saddle and he hasn't even thought about bucking.
That's interesting! Thanks for explaining! Although I remember horse (not mine) with issues with the back tolerated the rider until he asked for the canter and then bucked him off violently (neither of us knew about the issue, BTW, the BO told the owner later on)...

Can it be other way around? (bucking on trot but OK on canter if saddle doesn't fit)
     
    01-09-2011, 05:37 PM
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Sometimes I can be the other way, it depends on where the saddle is an issue but usually it is in canter. In trot the horse can protect its back more by tensing it and becoming a 'leg mover'. In canter it HAS to move it's topline thus cannot protect its back as well as in trot
     
    01-09-2011, 06:43 PM
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Sometimes I can be the other way, it depends on where the saddle is an issue but usually it is in canter. In trot the horse can protect its back more by tensing it and becoming a 'leg mover'. In canter it HAS to move it's topline thus cannot protect its back as well as in trot
I see... Thanks, Kayty!
     
    01-09-2011, 07:45 PM
  #16
Trained
Yeah, I was riding my friend's horse last year. Walk/trot she was fine, but then at the canter, for some reason the saddle would creep up onto her shoulders and she's start hopping for lack of a better reason. It was like bucking, but more dainty and refined. If the saddle is moving around, that could be the source of this problem.
     
    01-13-2011, 10:25 AM
  #17
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I have a TB mare and she has a similar set of processes - when she has had enough - which is usually right around the 25 / 30 minutes or the length of a lesson - she walks to the mounting block and stops - she will even position the mounting block with her legs and head right to the spot below my foot. All very amusing to watch but the same principal as you I have - the horse is telling us what to do - yours by bucking mine by setting up the mounting block !

Its an attitude thing - they think they are boss and will tell you when to get off - its just a case of breaking the habbit. I just don't get off and make her work for a few minutes more - yours will take a little more work !

TB's are extremely smart - maybe more than we think !
     

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