This post is SO timely for me today.
My coming 3 yr old has been doing super, all month long. He gets ridden 1-2 times a week, although I am working towards riding him more consistently. Buy anyway, today he spooked a couple times and the first time he sort of spun and put his head down and stiffened up like he was going to buck but didn't.
But he second time he spooked, my friend's horse who was in front of us sort of sunk into a hole and kind of lunged out of it and my guy kind of freaked and bucked twice with me. He sort of bucked in place and didn't go anywhere and I stayed on him just fine. But it left me feeling so disappointed that he bucked with me at all, know what I mean? It WAS windy today but he was also windy yesterday when I rode him and he didn't buck yesterday.
He spooked with me last fall and I was wearing spurs and I got bucked off and it shook my confidence, even though it was largely my fault.
This year he has been doing great and I was just disappoint that the buck is still in him. It was mild bucking...bunny bucking as you say. I just hollered at him, pulled his head up and kept on riding. Hope that was an okay response. I certainly don't want to encourage it.
But anyway, I am happy to read this thread and see that this is sort of normal in greenies. I think my guy has about 4 months on him (two with the trainer and two with me) max.
My best friend assures me he is a baby and will have baby moments and to keep on riding and not worry about it. So this post is timely for me.