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    11-16-2010, 10:56 PM
Bucking? help please!!

I ride a 20yr old 16hh thoroughbred gelding
He's an ex polo horse and he bucks ALOT.
He was out of work for a while before I started riding him since his owner has a young child & can't find the time to ride him.
He keeps having random bucking fits for no apparent reason & I have no idea what to do about it, help please?
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    11-16-2010, 11:11 PM
Hello cute Charlie (kawaii)
A 20 year old bucking probably isn't from exhuberance. Must be some sort of pain or discomfort issue. You would have to analyze and share with us what sort of situations cause this , or at lease what's happening right when he starts. For example, is it when you ask for a canter depart? Or when you just speed up in general? Does he do it for all riders?
The very first thing I would think is that the saddle pains him. Is he also girthy? Does he run with his head in the air and his back dropped down (avoiding saddle pain)?
Share more about the circumstances, ok?
    11-16-2010, 11:20 PM
Hey Tinyliny :)
He does it completely random, when he's walking, trotting, anything.
He had his saddle fitted recently & he has a gel pad and saddle riser pad so I shouldnt think saddle pain is the problem.
He also bucks when he's being lunged. He tends to do it with new riders, I've only been riding him for just over a month now.
& he does hold his head high, but he doesnt drop his back.
    11-16-2010, 11:51 PM
He might have a hip out of place. My mare wasn't quite as bad, but she would start bucking if asked to lope both in saddle and on the ground. I had a chiro come out and her right hip was out.
    11-16-2010, 11:51 PM
Hm m m . ...I still think it's pain related, don't you? I mean do you get the feeling that he's doing it to get you off so he can go back to the barn?
When he is on the lunge line, is it at the canter? Does he canter bent to the outside? Does he seem really off balance on the lunge line?

It's possible that he has some sort of misalingment issue in his pelvis , spine or ribs that is activated only when moving a certain way. Taht's one idea.

When he wants to buck on the lunge line, do you let him? I mean, maybe he needs a good rodeo to just get the kinks out. He might feel better to really go to town once in awhile (unmounted, preferably).

YOu've also ruled out the teeth or bit being a source of pain?

What do you do when he bucks? Ignore? Smack him? Pull up his head? Drive him onward more vigourously?
    11-17-2010, 02:33 PM
I don't think its pain related because he doesnt do it when theres another horse with him its only when I ride him on my own. And its always in the same place that he does it. & when I lunge him he just bolts round bucking and it takes me ages to get him to calm down and actually just trot or walk. He had his teeth checked no too long ago so I don't think its that.
    11-17-2010, 02:37 PM
Originally Posted by KawaiiCharlie    
and its always in the same place that he does it. .
Like he bucks when he sees one certain spot on the ground or he always bucks the same way everytime?
    11-17-2010, 02:43 PM
Its always in the same corner of the school by the field
    11-17-2010, 02:54 PM
This is going to sound soooo irrational and stupid but maybe it's some kind of paranormal thing going on there. Or maybe it's just something in the corner he doesn't like. Maybe something he notices, but you don't
    11-17-2010, 02:56 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
A 20 year old bucking probably isn't from exhuberance.
Ha ha ha.

20 year olds can mostly certainly do some nice feel good bucks.

If he is doing it in the same place - I would say he wants to be done and that is his "this is where you get off" signal.

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