I have had my horse about 2 months and he just started bucking when asked to canter. Most of the time he just pins his ears but he sometimes bucks. What can I do to get him to stop pinning his ears and sometimes bucking? Thanks.
My horse does that sometimes and its not a pain issue, next time I would lunge him first both ways walk,trot,canter. If he is sound...ect then get one and do circles. If he doent want to trot or canter give him a flick of a whip. He could still be testing you
I would rule out pain before just chalking it up to testing the rider. I would get your saddle checked first and if that's okay'd, I'd call a chiro. My mare did the same thing when I first got her and turns out her hip was out of place. A quick pop back in and she was loping like a champ.
There are too many variables here to give a good answer. Do you just ask for the canter? Or did you give your horse warning with a sitting trot first?
Does the saddle fit? Back pain? Does your horse do this on the lunge? How much free time does he get in a pasture?