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    12-10-2010, 01:16 AM
  #1
Super Moderator
Bucked off today!

So, I was helping my friend with her horse and after she had some trouble with him wanting to run back to the gate (the place of rest), I asked to ride him (no helmet handy, breaking rule number one). I get on, with the stirrups at her length, not mine (WAY too long, like non existant) and walk him on. He has trouble in that he comes behind the bit and has done some rearing and bucking with her and is barn sour to boot.
I walk him around and when he turns and tries to trot to the gate, I use the one rein stop and offer to let him walk, he trots and I ORS again and agin. I think he is doing ok and go toward the gate but when I asked him to go past the gate he STOPPED and refused to go further. I took the reins and popped him on the neck and he went forward, then sideways, then UP then crowhoppig and then spinning and I went OFF. My good winter breeches caught on the horn on my off and I had a moment of terroe when I thought I was gong to be hung up on a mad horse, but they ripped and I hit the mud. Easy landing and me ok but my pants ripped all the way from waist to crotch! Ruined!
I was PISSSSED! "Get the helmet!" I said. Adjusted the stirrups, got on and rode just a wee bit, but I wasn't in the mood to go for broke because the neighboring horses were being fed and he was mentallly GONE.
I came away angry that I was not able to go throught that issue. He is going to do this again, and I need to be better able to deal with it.

I plan to take him to the round pen and get him honestly forward and a bit tired and then ride. But it's leaving his cozy barn that creates problems for my friend. I really want to try again, but I am not a bronc rider.
It's his way of thinking where he refuses to be honestly forward and comes behind the bit and behind the leg.

Now that he has gotten one rider off and has had my friend dismount and walk him home due to fear (she was forced to ride bareback for 6 weeks due to bad saddle fit) I am concerned that he will return to this pattern of behavior the next time he is asked to go somewhere he doesn't want to.

I guess you all are welcome to comment. I certainly comment on other folks problems plenty and rarely put myself out for critisism.
Think I should try to remount and deal with bucking or try something else.?
     
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    12-10-2010, 01:19 AM
  #2
Yearling
Depends on what your limits are.... if you want to, get on him and show him you are the boss.... if not, let someone else do it... this horse is smart. He knows who is in control.
     
    12-10-2010, 06:11 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Gotta couple of things you can try. To answer your question: he will try this again, but now you know to be prepared. Don't anticipate this though as he will feel you tense up at the place he wants to stop.

When you get on, keep his feet moving. How close are you to the gate? Stay at a good distance away from it to start. Don't let him get to close. If he decides to stop somewhere, let him. Let him think he won. When he stops and refuses to go on, work him right there. Get him to move his feet however you can.

If at anytime you feel unsafe and you feel he is going to try something stupid, get off and work him right where he stands. Have his halter on and carry your lead so you can be instant with the correction. When your done, maybe 5 min of working, get back on and try again.

Continue this as frustrating as it may be. You don't want to give up or put him away obviously. I think when you get to a point where he is responding better, not great, end the session. But do not put him away. I suggest tying him for 20 min. Let him stand there and ingest what just happened. While you clean up, and put things away. Then come back and untack him and leave him tied til your done grooming him.

Then put him away. I hope this helps and makes sense. Good luck and don't forget your helmet!! :)
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    12-10-2010, 09:02 AM
  #4
Green Broke
Wow, glad you are OK, too bad about the breeches (and the mud!).

I say get back on, this time with the saddle adjusted to your liking, a helmet and a crop. If you had have had full use of your stirrups do you think you would have come off? I am guessing not so give yourself some credit.

Also, with a bucking horse I much prefer to use a crop as a rein slap can interfere with your control of the reins too much and lets be honest, that is half of the equation when riding through a buck. I understand that this situation was not one that you necessarily anticipated. It seems like this particular instance you had a few things working against you but if you change that I daresay you will have a better result - one hand for reins, one hand for crop and heels down!
     
    12-10-2010, 09:17 AM
  #5
Foal
Bucked off today

Glad to know you're not injured. The only advice I can add to the previous posts is to keep his head up and urge him forward. Don't let him get the best of you. Also work on disengaging his hind quarters, he can't buck if they're moving sideways. Good luck.
     
    12-10-2010, 09:26 AM
  #6
Showing
In this case I would strongly suggest a trainer. A bucking horse is one thing but a horse that rears and bucks is quite another. A trainer for both horse and rider would be a benefit to both. I've been riding my whole life and it's gotten to the point that I no longer want to get hurt! I've got too many broken bones to consider another one. A trainer should take care of the problem without you or your friend having to hit the dirt.

That being said, and if you insist on taking over the training, get a night latch for your saddle. You mentioned a saddle horn which indicates a western saddle. When I ride a new horse, I always put a night latch on my saddle. The night latch gives me a handle to hold if a horse acts up. Holding the horn will not keep you in the saddle the way a night latch does. I can usually handle a bucking horse better with that extra security. You don't have to go a buy one specifically; a simple dog collar works perfectly.
     
    12-10-2010, 09:27 AM
  #7
Showing
It happens with many of us, and I'm glad you were not hurt (ripped breaches is nothing compared to the broken bones!)!
     
    12-11-2010, 01:26 AM
  #8
Super Moderator
Gee it was fun to get advice from everyone! Thank you. It feels wonderful to hear it all, and your concern for my safety makes me feel special, and I mean that at face value, not facetiously.
I think I would like to try him again, better fitted to the saddle and I totally agree that a night latch ( the Oh Sh*t strap) is due.
I was trying to keep him moving and had been keeping him away from the gate and using the one rein stop to disengage him. I think I will work further on that. And if he moves more into the territory of rearing, then I will know that I am over my head.
I was strangely unafraid when the whole episode took place and only wished that I had been better prepared. So, I confess I would like to try again. But it's my friend's call. I fear she has lost confidence in me. I was not in the least bit hurt and consider falling off part and parcel with riding, but she was a bit freaked by it. She is more high strung than me. It's up to her, I guess.

Makes me glad for my little Subaru of a horse, good old Mac. Although, he has put me on the ground 4 times with his super sonic stop,drop and spins!
     
    12-11-2010, 01:39 AM
  #9
Trained
Use the nightlatch and don't worry about the reins much you just need him to move. Apply copious amounts of crop if needed to get him moving away from the gate. Start slow and build up and don't get mad.
     
    12-11-2010, 09:34 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
If he starts to rear, I should but leg on , big time, no? When he started to rear and buck I had very little rein contact, but I made the mistake of trying to pull his head around once he started to crowhop/rear.
     

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