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  • When i quite riding to a jump and look down he stops
  • Horse always bucks when i hop on

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    06-30-2012, 03:13 AM
Any tips on how to stop doing this?

I never used to look down when I was in short stirrups but since going long the issue cropped up. I think it's probably to do with the fact that I was much less confident handling a freak out in long stirrups and I used to have a real problem looking down while I rode. Not at my hands but at the horse's poll. I eventually stopped doing it when my seat became more secure.

But since I've had Brock I've started doing it again because the stupid part of my brain feels the need to watch his ears and know when a buck is imminent. Obviously, the last thing I want to be doing when he bucks is looking down, and it's also impeding me from driving him forward through his moments. When I hop on any other horse the problem quickly disappears.

Any tips on how to stop fussing about what his ears are doing and look 'out'? Short of a neck brace I'll try anything
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    06-30-2012, 08:18 AM
Looking at a horses ears is one way or telling how they're feeling, so I can understand that you feel the need to keep watch of them. But it is important to be looking at were you're going. There are definitely heaps of other signs that your horse may be gettin snitchy. Unless he randomly spooks or explodes, you'll be able to feel if he is getting agitated. He may hold his head high, pull on the reins, rubberneck, become unresposive or feel tense. You'll probably notice his ears change anyway even if you're not focused on them. Just keep looking where you're going and if you listen to your horse you should be prepared if he's thinking about being naughty. :)
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    06-30-2012, 08:37 AM
Things do happen pretty quick with him but I've learned to read his back tensing before he backs up or bucks. But there's only a split second before he bucks and they're massive, haven't managed to sit a single one yet and I can always sit them on other horses, even in long stirrups now.

I'll just practice looking up at the horizon I guess, but I'm always aware of his mood so I sometimes find it hard to just relax (which I'm sure doesn't help matters!). Anyway will do my best tomorrow
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    06-30-2012, 08:43 AM
You're going to be much better equipped to handle a buck if you are balanced over your horse. Thus looking up is always a better option that looking down, which throws your weight down mixed with bracing.. so guess where you'll end up!

Just keep gently reminding yourself to keep on looking up.
    06-30-2012, 08:53 AM
Yup - you see the ground, you end up on the ground! My friend's mare got herself in a proper frenzy last weekend (6 mths off for a young, green TB is always fun) and I had no trouble looking up the whole time and stuck on fine. But I think it's just I lack so much confidence in sitting what Brock throws up (don't have a success notched up yet) that I instinctively look down, curl up and do myself no favours.

Admittedly the first time he got me off I was looking up and completely unprepared and I landed very awkwardly, gave me concussion. At least when I'm prepared I can fall a bit more strategically!

I'll see if I can look up the entire time tomorrow, otherwise I'll hang a sign on his ears: "read this and you DIE"
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    07-01-2012, 03:55 AM
Pleased to say I didn't do it once today - but I rode Star instead because Brock was a complete terror and I'm not hopping on til he's got his ground manners back. Star tried a little bolt - so pathetic, even more pathetic than her "let me go faster" little bucks. So nice to ride a horse that's not deliberately planning your gruesome death
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    07-01-2012, 04:27 AM
I'm glad! If you can, video yourself riding so you can check to see where your eyes are lol
    07-01-2012, 04:30 AM
Haha I concentrated entirely on the clouds on the horizon and contemplated the likelihood of rain. But my friend did video it so I'll see if I can upload it
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    07-01-2012, 06:52 AM
If you know brock is about to let one rip, bring his head around to your knee until he calms. Obviously he gives you some whoppers if you can sit a green tb without a prob but get worried on him :p
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    07-01-2012, 07:09 AM
Yep, ORS is my savior, only reason why he's not got me off more than 3 times yet. Oh I'd take on a green TB anyday over Brock - he's got so much strength and knows how to use it to best advantage. Too intelligent, he worked out how to undo another type of latch today.
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