Do you have an arena to work in?
Stopping the horse after a bucking fit is a reward. They learn that if they buck, you stop them and resting is a reward. Pulling the horse up and smacking it on the neck won't do much either.
Take into account that the saddle might be hurting him or hindering his movement in some way and this should be addressed first before you bring in any training. If he's ok bareback and not ok with a saddle, it comes to mind that the saddle is hurting him and thats why he is refusing to cooperate.
My recommendation is (if the issue isn't the saddle) to get someone who can ride a buck and who isn't scared of them. Gain control at the walk first and when you ask for a trot, use circles (not down the longside) so its harder for the horse to pick up momentum and bolt. It will also keep the horse focused on circling instead of running off and bucking.
This is where the ability to ride a buck comes in. If he bucks, continue to work him. Don't stop and reward him. You need that mentality of "I don't care what you do, we're still working". When he realizes that bucking won't stop the session, he'll quit.
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Last edited by Copperhead; 02-03-2013 at 11:59 AM.