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post #1 of 13 Old 01-25-2012, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Sudden Bucking Problem

hey guys, i'm asking this question for a friend. she has a 7yr old tb gelding who went out on a lease about 2 months ago. they recently ended the lease and brought him back home due to a bucking problem that has suddenly started. being that he has never bucked before, the only thing anyone can think of is that he is in pain somewhere. they checked his tack, tested him for lyme, had back x-rays done and everything came back clear.

any ideas on why this horse would suddenly be bucking whenever someone rides him??

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-25-2012, 04:58 PM
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Okay I am going to list everything that I know that might cause bucking.

Bad fitting tack
Burrs or screws or nails other ouchies on tack pads/saddle
Pinching at the girth
A sore back
Pressure on withers/kidneys (poor saddle fit)
Response to spurs/whip
Ulcers?
Teeth?
Behavioral- happy/spirited/hot
Behavioral- it worked before to get out of something, and now it's a problem
Behavioral- aggressive towards another horse

I can't think of anything else. I hope others contribute!

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thank you for the response sky. all tack was checked by the trainer and the vet and neither one found any issues. he is not ridden with spurs or a whip and he does it whether being ridden alone or with other horses. teeth were done about 5 months ago. i will mention ulcers to her. both the trainer and the vet think its some sort of pain issue (which is why the x-rays of his back were done) but no one seems to be able to figure out what it is.

any other ideas??
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Was there a change in feed or hay? What's the diet like?

Also we had a mare at the place I worked.. she was suffering from headaches/migraines and she would get NASTY. Also look about checking everything that might seem unrelated. Hormone levels, pH, tumors, etc. Maybe a pinched nerve?

Something could be pushing on the horse's kidneys.

I'm just suggesting stuff, I am not an expert. But that's what seems logical to me.

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If the new rider was not a firm/clear enough leader, the horse could have started to reassert it's idea of dominance. Maybe the new rider let him get away with a lot of small things, and little by little the horse decided he could take over more and more, then when she said "go!" he said "no!"
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tiny that was my original thought but everyone else seems so convinced that its a pain problem. the next step the vet wants to do is do a full body scan. the girl who owns him doesn't want to put up the money for the scan when the xrays she already got don't show anything.

the barn he went to for his lease was a grand prix jumping barn, i'm thinking maybe they pushed him too hard too fast and now he's in pain from that??
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Probably, OP. That would make sense.

Also consider he could be frustrated trying to convey his heart isn't into it?

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Have you watched the leassor interact with him? Is he the kind of horse that you give him and inch, he'll take a mile?

What circumstances cause the buvcking? For any rider he bucks? under all saddles?
A full body scan sounds really expensive, and radiation!
So much to consider.
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he is definitely not the type of horse that you give and inch and he takes a mile. he usually just plods around happy to do anything you ask of him.

he started bucking with the leassor (the leassor had her own saddle) and they thought it was a pain issue so they contacted the owner. they ended the lease and the owner brought him back home. the owner (who had always been the primary rider) went to ride him and he continued bucking. she has 2 saddles and tried riding him in both and the bucking continued.

she wants to sell the horse because she doesn't have time for him. just earlier today she had a potential buyer come out to try the horse and he spent most of the ride bucking with the rider (the rider brought their own saddle).

she really wants to avoid doing the scan because it is so expensive. now that hes having such a hard time selling him she wants me to take him but i already have two mares of my own and don't want to end up with massive vet bills if it is a pain issue.
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We have a TB x QH horse at our barn, the rider got a buck everytime she asked for a canter or an extended trot. We had Chiro out and he was sore in his neck and his back end. Have you had a chiropractor come out at all? We've seen some really wonderful results from one.
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