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post #1 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Getting a bucker for class later on

Hi Peeps

I just called ahead to check on the horse I am getting for class later on.

It's a very docile and lazy horse who is good in a group class but always runs away in a private class.

I am getting him in a group class so the running away is not a big issue.He does group stuff beautifully, but he tends to run away to join the other horses when we are doing stuff by turns. i.e. taking turns to canter around the arena etc.

Any tips on what I can do to keep a horse like him focused, and not be hell-bent on joining his mates? He gets very wilful. He's small but is very stubborn. People call him (obstinate) donkey as a joke. He's also a horse who tends to buck violently when the whip is used.

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 03:08 AM
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If he bucks when you use a whip then don't use a whip. Quite simple really. I am surprised this sort of horse is being used in a riding school.

Otherwise keep a contact and strong legs. Correct him immediately, don't let him slow down a little because the pace is acceptable, keep driving to what you want. If he tries to turn push him bag with your leg and hold your contact, don't let him get his head turned.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your advice.

Many buckers in the schools in my country. Think there's a shortage of good teachers to school the horses properly. If they eliminate the buckers from the riding schools, I think there will be one horse to 20 riders a day. :p
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 06:22 AM
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I assume he bucks when you use the whip on his rear, you could try using it on his shoulder instead.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 06:27 AM
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My riding club has no buckers at all, we arent allowed them as they are too dangerous for the little kids and beginners. I'm amazed you have so many :/

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 08:36 AM
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To just send horse over you are supposed to use the whip right behind your leg to reinforce the leg cue, not on horse's butt. Some horses are very confused when it goes on butt and yes, for some it causes bucking.

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