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post #11 of 17 Old 01-18-2012, 03:28 PM
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It sounds to me that the problem isn't when you are on him so much as getting there. How do you approach him? Do you just giggle and run and jump at him? I would buck you off too. Or do you calmly give him a pat, let him know it is ok, get on a step and slowly place your leg over his back, sit down as gently as possible to avoid pain and pat him again?

If you want to ride him bareback, then spend the time to teach him what it is. Work on making him stand perfectly still when you mount. After that slowly get him used to you putting more and more pressure directly on his back. Eventually he should be able to stand still, get a pat form you to let him know its ok, and let you calmly and slowly get on. After that work on him slowly moving out at a walk.

Realise that riding without a saddle feels very different to him. You arei n direct contact with his body and he will feel every shift in balance, weight and pressure and react.

One more thing - if you try and he bucks you off and you are unable to get on, there is still other work you can do. I would immediately start free lunging him as soon as I got up from the ground. Make him work. Once he calms down, try again. If not, make him work. Once you finally get on him let him just stand. Don't ask for anything. It will teach him that it is more work to have you on the ground than on his back.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-18-2012, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well when I first tried to get on him, I just tried to jump up, and he freaked. I gave Jordyn a leg up, and that was when she trotted him. She then got off and jumped on him like I did, and he didn't buck until she turned around, then today I stood on the fence and layed my body over him so I could bail if he freaked, but as soon as I tried, he swished his tail and swung his butt away.

And today I lunged him just to get his wiggles out so he wouldn't be tempted to buck...so next time if he does I'll free lunge him around.
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-18-2012, 06:11 PM
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Ok, after reading the last few reponses by the OP, I change my opinion. If the OP is telling the truth that the horse's back has been checked and there is no pain - I now very much think this horse absolutely has pulled the wool over your eyes.
When he bucks you off, you kids think it's great fun. He doesn't get reprimanded for the behaviour, so each time he does it, you have instilled further into his head, that bucking removes pressure, and therefore is a positive behaviour. Then by getting him ready to be ridden, and not getting on because he swished his tail, another feather in his cap.
You have taught the horse to buck. Now its your job to fix it. Good luck.

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post #14 of 17 Old 01-18-2012, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Oh great lol. I'll have to get Jordyn to do this because she's such a daredevil.

Thanks for the tips.
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-18-2012, 10:16 PM
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id say he's just trying to get outta work. You said that when he swung his but away you didnt want to fight him and just put him up...well that's his reward for bad behavior there. My mare always tried to buck me off when I was getting on bareback but she was perfectully fine in a saddle. And it was only for the mount she would let me run and jump on, climb on from a step or fence, or get a leg up but as soon as I tried to make her work she would buck because she knew that was the only time I would come off her is bareback. So I would get bucked off like once every two or three days I rode her bareback but you gotta get back on... eventually she stopped because she knew I was still going to get back on.
Even though your friend is a daredevil and could get him to behave, if you arent confident enough to ride out his buck then hell know he can get away with it with you.

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-19-2012, 06:21 AM
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I agree with Kayty.

I wouldn't give in so easily. Especially that time when you said you weren't in the mood for a fight, you basically let him win. It can get worse. Also it is nice that Jordyn can help you but he will just learn to respect her and not you so unless you want to be able to ride him bareback yourself you'll have to gain his respect but be safe. I too wish you luck
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-19-2012, 03:14 PM
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I would get it checked out too, could be a hidden injury

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