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    03-12-2012, 01:51 AM
horse bucks when she runs or trots

This paint mare we just got is feeling much better so yesterday I took her out of a bit. I just had surgery on my shoulder so I can ride, but I just took her out for a ew and she started to run a bit and start bucking. I was a bit nervous cause I only have use of one arm. She does like to buck she does it all the time with our other horse. How can I break her of that? I don't want her doing that when I ride her once im healed. I was thinking about putting a lunge line on her and just run all her pinned up energy out.
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    03-12-2012, 02:45 AM
Green Broke
It sounds like a pain issue to me..Especially if she only does it at a faster speed..Have you have her vet checked and made sure that your saddle fits her correctly. This could be your whole problem.
    03-12-2012, 04:12 AM
Yeah you could try lunging her, see how that works. Get after her when she does buck also and maybe polish her up a little if she's had some time off then ask for your trot and lope
    03-12-2012, 09:11 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Makoda    
yeah you could try lunging her, see how that works. Get after her when she does buck also and maybe polish her up a little if she's had some time off then ask for your trot and lope
It would be best that the OP elminates pain related causes either with the horse's body or the tack fit prior to moving to this step.
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    03-12-2012, 10:02 AM
I agree with DR & Mac. Eliminate pain first. If it isn't a pain issue then you can approach it from a behavioral standpoint.
    03-12-2012, 10:47 AM
Green Broke
Checking for pain would be what I would look at first.

And that could lead into some money too if it is something harder to diagnose.

Far to many people have a vet do a "tire kicking" on a horse, and that does nothing to answer the real question of what horse may be experiencing in terms of physical problems.

"Tire kicking" for those who aren't familiar with term is where a person just walks around wasting time while looking at car, as they aren't serious about buying it.

Used in terms of vet? Means you have not got the money to put into more expensive diagnostic testing to see what the problems are, so are basically wasting the vet's time. And not putting anyone down who can't afford major expense, but pointing out that there is no way a vet can really look at your horse, and tell you horse is fine without said tests.

X-rays, bloodwork, and the like, are needed in rule things out, as well as other tests too numerous to mention.

Hopefully it is something simple, like saddle fit, or the minor. And remember that while saddle might look fine just placed on horse, once your weight is in the seat, could be whole different matter.

Could even be the horse is not really broke to ride, or feed too hot, or your mechanics as a rider, in that your hands aren't still, or body isn't. The lunge line antics is fairly common if horse in pent up.

But could be kissing spine, ulcers, "mare syndrome" peritonitis, broken withers process or ribs, or even cracked vertebrae, or a myriad of other things.
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    03-12-2012, 11:05 AM
I agree with everyone else that replied and would ad I had a 3 yr. Old that use to buck when ever for no reason other than feeling his oats, I rode him bareback with a hackamore, he did this until he was 10+ yrs. Old.
    03-12-2012, 11:14 AM
The fact the horse does it with other horse too all the time makes be believe it's just "having fun" with the rider, rather than pain (although yes, pain could be an issue too). Frankly since you have only one hand to use and if the pain is ruled out I'd either ask someone else to ride the horse or invite the trainer. Getting hurt not worth it IMHO.
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    03-12-2012, 11:40 AM
She has not been ridden since we got her 4 months ago she had that hoof abscess now she is healed up and ready to go, but now I can't ride her. When I took her out the other day she had no tack on just a halter and lead rope. She has been checked out and is fine so maybe now that her feet are healed and not sore anymore just has her happy and ready to go.
    03-12-2012, 01:19 PM
Green Broke
There can be many more things causing pain than a healed abscess. Your saddle may not fit her properly, her back may be sore and in needs of a chiro visit, or it could even me that the abscess isn't completely healed even though she's been checked out and cleared for riding..Vets makes mistakes.. I would still have a vet come back out and check her out for any other pain related issues.

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