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post #1 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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help with stopping my horse from bucking?

Anytime I use any leg pressure or light tap , my horse knocks her head and bucks. Sometimes she knocks it up and down and sometimes its left to right, she also swishes her tail ALOT. I've been told pulling their head up helps, unfortunately with her it hasn't. What I've been doing so far is if she bucks I pull up and stop her then I say something like Nu uh or ey really loud and stern. Then allow her to start walking again. She starts to walk just fine but after that any leg cues or taps or kicks result in a quick buck. It's never been a buck I've taken for her to intend to get me off usually its like a het stop that. But lately its starting to get higher and more violent when she does it and I'm getting fed up with her gettin.g away with it. Any help or tips or personal opinions would help please!
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 09:16 PM
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Well so you are basically rewarding your horse if it bucks, as you let is go back to a walk. That's not the way to go. Have her halter over the bridle and a lead rope on the halter so that you can jump off the horse once it starts bucking and make it work, it has to realize that this is not ok and when it starts bucking - that means HARD work! Jump off as soon as you feel any bucking coming up and make the horse run in circles, change directions and do not just do it for 2 rounds, do it A LOT. I bet this horse will be buck free soon :0) Good luck!!!
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This actually round like it would work ALOT better than what I'm doing! Especially because she's already lazy and hates running.
If I ride in a round pen do you think it'd be best to jump off and have her run with her tack on?
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Also, she was never taught to lunge on a line so it would be free lunging in the round pen
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 09:28 PM
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Just don't jump off so fast that she thinks she succeeded!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 09:32 PM
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Good questions, the most important thing is that you do it right away, if she bucks and you manage to stay on and only jump of a minute later - she will not know why she has to work. Of course, leave the tack on! There is no time to take it off :0) Have a stick with you too - trust me when you jump off right away and have the lead rope in your hand and swing that stick to make her GO she will not know if she has ever been lunged or not! It is not about perfect lunging, it is about showing her that if she does buck she gets to do something she does not like! WORK! Be careful with your body language too. Show her that you do not accept the bucking! Let me know how that works for you!
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Just don't jump off so fast that she thinks she succeeded!
If you do not waste any time she will not even have the chance to think she succeeded!
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 09:35 PM
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lol. I did the "cowboy up" way with my gelding... Got in a round pen. Held onto the horn. Got a loose stance, and just let 'er rip. Pushed him into a fast canter. Every time he bucked I'd just pop his butt at the top of the buck. Pushed him faster. Only recommended for the most experienced though, lol... After about four times he just settled into a canter.

Or, the easier way, is to lunge him. I guarentee you this horse will put up the same amount of fight every time you cue him to move forward. If he bucks or rears, just push him forward harder with your lariat.


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Some horses buck because they are in pain, you could get her back and teeth checked, a ill fitting saddle does not help. :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-22-2012, 02:52 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't want to ride out a bucking horse if I didn't have to.
IMO, I would put your horse in the round pen or on a lunge line tacked up. Move her through her gaits until she does everything smoothly. Also, I would go back to ground work and check her for pain.
I would try all these things before I would try and ride out her bucking.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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