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post #1 of 9 Old 11-18-2013, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question What would you do?

My horse bucked with me today twice and almost got me off both times. I was just curious if I did the right thing to correct it. He got my leather split rein to his butt 3 times then I hopped off disengaged his hind end and backed him like his tail was on fire then got back on and cantered small circles for awhile. Would you have done this or something different?? all health/saddle issues are not y he did this it was pure naughtiness.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-18-2013, 09:26 PM
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Other than getting off of him I would have done everything that you did. I like to stay on mine and work them to death (metaphore haha) that way they KNOW that they're not getting me off anytime soon.
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-18-2013, 09:47 PM
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I agree with Incitatus. I deal with bucking horses regularly, and unless the horse becomes dangerous, I don't agree with getting off.
try to figure out what caused the bucks...in many cases, I feel that riding the horse forward into the bit, through the hind end, is the best way to deal with the issue. don't even break from whatever gait you're at...just push them forward. if it's getting out of hand, halt and back up, disengage and continue at the problematic pace.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-18-2013, 10:17 PM
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I think if you do the correction fast enough from the ground he'll get it. I used to ride a TWH who reared and fell on his owner, he also bucked. Well we got a head on the trail so I was waiting for me friends. He didn't like that very much. He popped up a little and I was ready with my action plan. I was jumping off him as he was coming down and I was smacking him with the end of the rope halter popper. I successfully scared the daylights out of him by chasing him faster then his feet would move, and I'm sure his little booty was feeling the burn. The lady only owned him for a few months after that but he never reared on anyone again. It's all about the timing of the behavior and the correct!! I agree that not jumping off is the way to go, but your safety is always first, hence why I got off that horse.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-18-2013, 10:49 PM
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I agree with Incitatus. I deal with bucking horses regularly, and unless the horse becomes dangerous, I don't agree with getting off.
I think that assumes that you CAN stay on the horse. I mean, what's worse: teaching a horse that if she bucks enough, you'll get off, make her work, and then get back on, or teaching her that if she bucks hard enough you'll eventually go flying off?

And in my case, "hard enough" probably isn't all that hard
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-19-2013, 12:24 AM
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I agree and I don't. If you don't feel like you can safely correct from the saddle, get off immediately and do the correction fast. It's better to be safe and maybe a smidge less effective than end up getting hurt because you can't ride the buck. That said, I like to correct, get back on and continue as you were. You do the correction, your horse gets it, chances of your horse associating the small circles with the behaviour are less likely than your horse associating the initial correction with the behaviour. By getting back on and continuing whatever task you were doing you're saying hey, that wasn't okay, lets get back to work.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-19-2013, 01:22 AM
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I'd never get off of a horse misbehaving like that under saddle. It's a riding problem, you have to ride through it and correct from the saddle.


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post #8 of 9 Old 11-19-2013, 02:23 AM
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Getting off a horse and immediately correcting it is just as good as staying on. If you jump off and scare the **** out of them, they are going to think "Holy crap, I don't want her to get off!"

often times I will stay on, but if it's something I don't think I could sit, I jump off and just run at them with every ounce of aggression in my body. Anything to reprimand them, but it has to be IMMEDIATE, but that goes for both under saddle and getting off on the ground.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-19-2013, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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I only hopped off to scare the crap outta him...I stayed on both times and he got that rein to his butt when I was still on. He will sometimes pop his butt up not really buck if you pop him to move forward (he can be really lazy) but yesterday he almost got me off so I thought if I got off scared the crap outta him and then got back on and kept working he'd never want me to get off during a ride again lol
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