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post #1 of 16 Old 01-15-2012, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Quiet horse bucked me off

Hi I know this may be a broad question but I rode my horse today whom is very quiet and obedient normally and he bucked me off. I got the feeling that he did it on purpose to get back to his mate in the yard. I am very upset and have taken it quite personally! Does it mean he no longer likes me?? I am a novice rider obviously :) my husband took him for a ride straight after with no problems.. Any advice? Thankyou

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-15-2012, 02:53 AM
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Sounds to me like he was testing you and won. I doubt it has anything to do with him "liking" you or not. He was simply trying to have his own way.

What exactly did he do before he bucked you off? Was he acting up at all or did he just randomly buck and you came off? Did you get back on or just hand him off to your husband?

My 2.5-year-old bucked on me yesterday for the first time...ever. He has NEVER offered to buck, not even when he was being saddled and ridden for the first time. The difference is, I know what triggered the buck (I reined him in as we went down some rocks and it ticked him off because he just wanted to go) and I didn't let him get away with it. If anything, he had to work harder and listen more after he bucked.

My advice would be to get back on and not let him get away with it. Don't take it so personally. He perceived a potential weakness and took full advantage of it. He's a horse. They naturally test leadership.

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Thankyou you have made me feel better! I couldn't get back on him unfortunately as I was in a lot of pain, landed right on my tail bone. He wanted trot down a slight hill and a was pulling him back a little as I didn't want him to just trot whenever he felt like it! Maybe this is what annoyed him? Will get back on when back has healed and hope he doesn't try it again! Thanks for the reply
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Thankyou you have made me feel better! I couldn't get back on him unfortunately as I was in a lot of pain, landed right on my tail bone. He wanted trot down a slight hill and a was pulling him back a little as I didn't want him to just trot whenever he felt like it! Maybe this is what annoyed him? Will get back on when back has healed and hope he doesn't try it again! Thanks for the reply
Yup, sounds like he was ticked because he didn't get his way, just like my gelding was yesterday. Luckily, I was already braced for going down the rocks and I ride in an Australian stock saddle, so the poleys kept me in the saddle. Just be glad he didn't jump/buck off a granite boulder like my boy did (only about two feet from the top of the boulder to the trail where we landed, but rocks and trees on either side).

Hope your back heals quickly so you can get back in the saddle again.

Also, next time he goes to trot when you don't want him to, instead of just reining him back (like it sounds like you did), try one-rein stopping him. Reining him back (especially if you're direct reining) can let him grab the bit and run with it, so he can either take off on you or buck, like he did. If you one-rein stop him, he has no choice but to either go in little circles until he decides to stop or stop from the first like you asked him to. Either way, he can't grab the bit and do what he wants.

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post #5 of 16 Old 01-15-2012, 03:15 AM
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check his back.. maybe he has some back pain
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Could be a pain issue or it could be that he doesn't respect you.
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Will get back on when back has healed and hope he doesn't try it again!
Instead of hoping, assume he will try again and be ready to school him hard out of it.
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Horses are horses. NEVER take what the horse does personally, they think differently than human.

I'd first make sure his back doesn't hurt. I remember that one gelding that started bucking the owner off out of blue every time he cued for trot. Ended up that gelding kicked the brick wall hard just day before and his back was in pain. After some time off he returned to his normal nice behavior.

If pain is out of question then he was testing you. The best way to deal with bucking is to be ready for it. This means you sit deep and balanced with your heels down. If you feel buck is coming (and it's usually VERY clear as horse rounds the back before going into bucking) you can just turn him into the tight circle, or change the direction. It's hard (if possible at all) to buck when your body is bent. In general it's the best to keep his mind focused on you, not buddies or anything else, during the whole ride. Make the work interesting: do lots of transitions, circles of different diameters, serpentines, and so on.
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If you're in a cold climate, I would think the answer is temperature. Horses tend to get much more opinionated when it's colder. Even the dead quiet ones will test you more than usual.

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Could be he was just "feeling his oats" and was having a good time. My gelding occasionally crow-hops when he's feeling good and gets to run. No big deal. It's like he's kicking up his heels and saying "YIPPEE!"

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