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    06-21-2009, 02:04 AM
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Green Broke
Help!! Horse bucks at canter

HELP! I have a 4 y/o mare that has begun to buck at a canter. Here is her life story.

I got her as a year old. We had a really good bond when I broke her. She did great! She was doing fantastic till several months ago. We were taking our weekly lesson and it was time to canter. She blew up! Ever since then she has always don't it at the canter. Every one keeps telling me the only thing to help her is to ride. But I ride her all time. I ride 2 times a week and lunge every other day. Am I doing some thing wrong? Should I send her to a profeshional? It really upsets me because she is my first horse and my only horse. Its really embarosing when I have to tell people that we can't canter on the trails because of her behavior. So I stop trail riding.Please help I want to be happy to ride her again I don't want to feel like its a chore.
     
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    06-21-2009, 02:14 AM
  #2
Showing
I hate to break it to you, but a green broke 4 year old needs to be ridden more than 2 times a week. Every day is much better. I would work with her in a secure area like a roundpen or arena. Make sure that she is very flexible laterally and warmed up properly (it wouldn't hurt to get her pretty darn tired in the trot before you even ask for the lope) then ask for the canter. If she starts to buck, immediately shorten one rein and make her turn little tiny circles until you think she has had enough (I generally push them to more than 5 circles). You have to be really careful with this though and be aware of her balance. If she starts to lean or stagger, let her straighten out immediatley to keep her from falling. Whatever you do, don't pull on both reins; that gives her something to brace against and will enable her to buck harder. Flexing her neck to the side will take most of the power away from her buck and make her work harder. When she is no longer trying to buck and is soft in your hand, let her straighten out. Give it another minute or trot a couple more circles then ask for the canter again. Just keep going and eventually she will decide that trying to buck is just way too much work. I would see if this works before you spend the money for a professional, but if it doesn't then definitely get some help.

Hope this helps and good luck. :)
Welcome to the forum by the way.
     
    06-21-2009, 02:21 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Smrobs put it very well! The small circles work amazingly!

When your making your horse turn, make her noes almost touch your foot. But like Smrobs said, if she starts getting off balance at all, straighten her out imminently.

My friends horse bucks at the canter. We think its just because he's excited - he is still pretty young. And this method has worked well. You just have to be consistent with it. And don't get discouraged if it doesn't work overnight. It will happen!
     
    06-21-2009, 12:26 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Thank you sooo much Smrobs and Jillyann.
     
    06-21-2009, 03:32 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I have an Idea tell me if its stupid. If I ride her in the round pen. Every time she tries to buck if I turn her into the the fence (or away which ever sound beter) and turn go the other way trot around a few laps and ask for the canter again. I'm sure you can see where this is going. Do you think this would work? I think she would get bored after a while and realize good things come out of ceping her feet out of the air.
     
    06-21-2009, 06:39 PM
  #6
Weanling
I went through this one with Cougar. He'd throw the RANKEST bucks known to man kind. Heels over head, I'm going to launch you off, types of bucks. Was not fun. At all.

Anyways, what are YOU doing when you ask the horse to canter? I find the best thing for those youngsters that chuck in a buck is to push them forward. They're all stuck up in a little ball of tension and instead of going forward they kick up their toes.

If your trot quality isn't there I'd say forget the canter for awhile. She needs to feel comfortable at the the trot before she can canter. I'm not saying baby girl needs to have it all together like an Olympic level dressage horse, but she should be nice and relaxed at the trot. Moving underneath herself and accepting contact. Otherwise she's just riding blindly into a canter.

That's my two cents. I'm sure other's have advice too that may make more sense than mine.
     
    06-21-2009, 07:03 PM
  #7
Showing
I am not sure that just one turn either way would stop the buck. That could teach her how to duck and dive while she is bucking. Those are nearly impossible to ride. I have always liked turning several little circles because not only does it take away her power, it makes her use her mind and distracts her by making her concentrate on where she is putting her feet. It usually doesn't take long before she completely forgets about bucking because her mind is busy elsewhere. :)
     
    06-21-2009, 07:55 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Cougar    
I went through this one with Cougar. He'd throw the RANKEST bucks known to man kind. Heels over head, I'm going to launch you off, types of bucks. Was not fun. At all.

Anyways, what are YOU doing when you ask the horse to canter? I find the best thing for those youngsters that chuck in a buck is to push them forward. They're all stuck up in a little ball of tension and instead of going forward they kick up their toes.

If your trot quality isn't there I'd say forget the canter for awhile. She needs to feel comfortable at the the trot before she can canter. I'm not saying baby girl needs to have it all together like an Olympic level dressage horse, but she should be nice and relaxed at the trot. Moving underneath herself and accepting contact. Otherwise she's just riding blindly into a canter.

That's my two cents. I'm sure other's have advice too that may make more sense than mine.
She does very well at the trot ( I should have mentioned this before sorry) she is balanced and comfertable. She would trot all day if I asked.

As for asking for the canter she respods to a big smooching sound. I sit back ( just enought to where I'm not siting to far forward I don't want to push her into it to fast.) I just need to ride her more I guess.
     
    06-21-2009, 08:55 PM
  #9
Weanling
Its probably just lack of work. I agree with the circles idea. Also she could be bucking because she's off balance. My arabian didn't have a lot of training at the canter so he'd get off balance and buck to sort of right himself and tell me that he wasnt comfortable. I did a lot of circle work with him to build his muscles but I also did some transition. Work which might help your mare. Try getting her into a nice trot and then asking for the canter. Just do five or six strides and then ask for a trot again. Then trot and repeat. With this exercise she will build up her confidence going into the canter. If she bucks turn her into that tight circle until she stops and then right her back on the rail and continue to do the trot-canter transitions. Oo and I would also suggest riding her at least 3 times a week
     
    07-04-2009, 06:17 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Well I went and rode her today. ( I can't ride often because I have a bad back) and she did ok untill the last go around then she really exploaded. I ended up on her neck and waited for her to stop and then slid off. BTW I ride english so theres no horn to hold on to or any thing. But other than that one every time he kicked out I would do 5 or 6 circles and then walk a lap and do it again.
     

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