Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
First off, Paige, howdy and welcome to the forum.
I am so sorry that you are having such a tough time with your horse. Since this all began when you rode her in the western saddle, then I would say it stems from a poor tack fit issue.
Have you had her seen by a chiropractor? If the western saddle fit her just wrong in just the right place, it could have knocked a rib out of place or caused her spine to become mis-aligned. Or, she may have done it herself when she was bucking that first time. Or, she may have hurt herself another way while turned out and the timing is just coincidence.
Also, you mentioned "kicking" her to get her to canter. How much riding experience do you have? Have you ever had lessons? It is entirely possible that she has become soured to your legs from too much kicking and the bucking is her way of saying "Hey, I don't like that, you need to stop it".
I would say that your first step would be to get her checked for pain by a chiropractor. Then, find a good instructor or trainer that is willing to work with both you and your mare so that you can learn to work together better.
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