bucking during flying lead changes

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  • My young horse bucks When I ask him for a lead change

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    07-23-2009, 06:07 PM
bucking during flying lead changes

My horse bucks almost every time I ask for a flying lead change. Most of the time he changes leads during or after the buck, and sometimes he just rides on in the wrong lead. I'm wondering if it is a fitness problem? Or maybe he's just being a jerk. He does do that sometimes. What can I do? How do I fix this?
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    07-23-2009, 06:19 PM
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It's either attitude or something is hurting him. I'd have him checked out by the vet.
    07-23-2009, 07:05 PM
He could be being a jerk, or he could be in pain, but I think it's more likely that it's simply easier for him to do a flying lead change when bucking. I know a lot of horses are taught to change over a jump. Try doing a "figure 8" pattern, more like two circles on top of each other than changing direction across the diagonal. Ask for the change, and if he doesn't change, ride through the buck, and ask again. Make sure he is balanced and warmed up before you start. I know my horse does better when we get ourselves nice and upright. =]

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