Originally Posted by tinyliny
I disagree with that about horses moveing away from pain. Horses willoften lean harder onto a painful bit, run right through it in fact.
Bucking is very often a sign of pain. It's like a tantrum, the horse just saying, "I hurt!!! Listen to me! I hurt!"
I agree. I had a young horse suddenly start bucking ALL the time when ridden in my dressage saddle, but never in my jumping saddle - I had a master saddler come out and fit him, and the dressage saddle no longer fitted him at ALL! The jumping saddle fitted him fine.
That said when we started jumping a bit higher (about 3ft) he would sometimes throw in a cheeky buck on landing - just because it was fun and he felt good! After the first couple of jumps he would stop