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post #1 of 18 Old 10-26-2010, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Question Bucking at the canter?

I don't know that this is in the right forum :) Apologies if it isn't.

Skamps always wants to go faster than I do. At a walk, he wants to trot. At a trot, he wants to canter. I hold him back until I tell him to transition. When he finally maintains the trot and I que him to canter, he bucks everytime. Why would he do this and how do I fix it? Thanks for any advice.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-26-2010, 10:54 AM
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When exactly are you cueing and how are you asking? If you are asking for the transition when the horse is in the wrong diagonal he could be frustrated. If you are asking too hard he could be trying to get away from heavy hands/legs. Are you inadvertently asking him to go and then pulling back with the reins (veeeeeery common)?

OR...he could just be happy that you're letting him canter and bucking for joy!
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-26-2010, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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I'm asking on corners of the arena and to be 100% honest, I don't really know exactly when to ask for it? I've been riding for about three years and I'm just not that good yet. :) But I lightly slide my outside leg back so I don't think I'm asking too hard or anything...he's DYING to go faster. I'm also pretty sure that I'm not pulling back on the reins, the bucking doesn't scare me (anymore:) It's entirely possible that he's just excited but I really don't want him doing it.

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post #4 of 18 Old 10-26-2010, 11:20 AM
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If you're asking for him to pick up his left lead (going around the arena counter clockwise): 1. Put your weight on your left seatbone, 2. Flex your horse to the left by turning your left wrist (like unlocking a door), 3. Support with your right rein so your horse doesn't over bend, 4. Left leg on the girth tells the horse to go forward (little squeeze), 5. Right leg a couple inches behind the girth to tell the horse strike off with his right hind leg.
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If he is is dying to go fast and buck, why don't you lunge him or turn him out and let him run before you get on?
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Thanks, kc. I will try that when asking!

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Erika, he is turned out everyday at 9:30 and I always lunge him first.

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I should also add that he does NOT do this on the trail. Perfect gentleman.

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My first two questions probably won't make sense at first, but I promise there is reason behind them: does the saddle fit? Has the horse"s back been checked by a chiro or masseuse?
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-26-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Charis, saddle fits ok, not custom or anything though. We had a chiro out in June for him b/c he was slightly lame and not even the vet could figure out exactly where and that seemed to fix the problem. Also, just had an absess cut out of his hoof last week and another trip to vet but he has not appeared lame. *sigh* This is my high maintenance horse. LOL.

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