Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
For all my years in the saddle I can't make it to the buzzer with a real bucking horse. Crow hop ... yes; kicking out ... yes; head down between their legs and rear end up ... no.
On my Western saddle I have a "night latch". That is a strap that circles the swell and goes through the center. I was just reading that it was originally used by long riders (Dr. and other riders to keep them in the saddle for extremely long hours). Anyway, it gives me something to hold on to if I think a horse is going to buck - that is the only way I can stay seated. Once I have my wits about me, I'll pull their head up and back them all the while shouting in a menacing voice (usually obscenities). You need to be careful that you don't cause them to rear by grabbing the reins too tight and pulling them over.
I've found that 90% of those horses that really buck will buck themselves out after a few moments so if you can stay seated, it teaches them that you are not going anywhere. Same thing for crow hopping.
A horse that kicks out is sometimes just a cold back horse and with those I'll warm them up before getting in the saddle. Even after I'm in the saddle I won't canter those horses until they are throughly warmed up.
Oh, and what I forgot to mention is that if you can't sit a buck then you've taught them that they can stop working that way. The moral of the story is that you have taught them something by either sitting or not sitting the buck.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 10-11-2008 at 08:33 AM.