Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
While its often best to get a trainer and a chiropractor etc. I'd be hesitant to keep her.
Buckers are dangerous, and even if you fixed the problem that caused it in the first place, she's probably learned as a way to avoid anything she doesn't want to do. If you are beginner (which I assume you are) there isn't much you can do on your own, and even if you get a trainer once a week you'll still be riding a bucker on the other days. If you come of wrong just once your whole life could be ruined. You can't ride in fear of falling off but if you're a beginner (which is the impression I get from your posts) its a big risk to take.
The problem is that if you sell her you'll probably lose a lot of what you paid (if you're honest and you should be honest about things like this). I'd sell her and buy a schoolmaster. Its not just the fact that she bucks - its that its so easy to "lose your nerve" on horses.
I'll tell you my experiece with a bucker. My horse had to be out of work for a few months and someone I vaguely knew through Pony Club offered me theirs. Big 17.2hh ex-racehorse. They told me he was dead quiet, calm etc. I rode him in the arena, did some jumping, rode up a little trail and he was fine, didn't put a foot wrong. Took him to a Pony Club rally day, he was cantering around perfectly and then he just totally flipped out, like he was a different horse, bucked me off and bolted away. I was on crutchers for a few weeks, a month maybe. Later I found out it wasn't the first time he'd done it, the owners daughter needed a knee reconstruction the last time she fell off. I never really got my nerve back after that, I used to ride anything and do anything. If you lose you're nerve as a beginner you might be turned off horses altogether. When you're learning you just want to have fun, you shouldn't be trying to retrain a habitual bucker.
I wouldn't keep the horse for me or my child.