Chief tried to buck me off on the blacktop.

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    02-03-2013, 11:41 AM
Chief tried to buck me off on the blacktop.

So today I put my saddle on (usually just hop on bareback) and decided to go take a walk on the road. My dad was walking with me on foot. Chief was good the whole way, until I made the smart decision to trot him. Well he decided to start loping and bucking. I was determined to stay in the saddle and NOT hit the blacktop. I managed to stay on, get him to stop bucking, and make him stand still. I got off after I made him stand still and backed him up a lot. Then I brought him back to the pasture and made it run a god bit. I know I shouldn't have got off or tried to trot him on the road, but hey I don't always think before I do things. It scared me and made me mad all at the same time, but I just wanted to share that.
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    02-03-2013, 11:51 AM
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 that's 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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    02-03-2013, 12:04 PM
Kudos to you for staying on though!
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    02-03-2013, 12:21 PM
I have ridden bucks before and I know how to push past them , but my main reason for it scaring me is because we were on the blacktop. I wanted to make him work after that, but I didn't want to do any of it on the blacktop.
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    02-03-2013, 12:50 PM
If it'd happened to me, I'd have felt scared and angry too! At least your Dad was with you, if anything had have happened, he'd have been there. Get his back and saddle fit checked, and work him somewhere more confined/less hard surface before you venture back onto the road (or at least before you ride him on the road. What could be a good exercise is to lead him and walk/trot him up and down just for 5-10 mins so he gets the gist of "hard surface means we stay steady")
    02-03-2013, 12:55 PM
The saddle is a big issue for me too, I really want to have it checked, but I can't find anyone who can check it. I had one of my other horsey friends come out and she said it looked fine, but I still want it checked.
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    02-03-2013, 01:10 PM
I don't really know what the situation is for you, but worst case scenario (and a costly one too) but would the Vet come out and check his back and check the saddle fit at the same time?
    02-03-2013, 01:24 PM
We don't have a vet that will come to us or a trailer to get him there, but we're buying a trailer soon and moving to Florida where there are a lot more horses so hopefully I can find a saddle fitter there. Until then I'll just ride bareback in the pasture.

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