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post #1 of 30 Old 04-29-2012, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Ok so I decided to sell Muss because of the sudden bucking and throwing my friend the other day but ive just realised my friend was wearing spurs. its hit me like a iceberg hit the titanic(just trying to express how hard this has hit me) that he probably did the whole thing because hes never had spurs on him ever. his old owner has had him his whole life and said hes never acted like that even when he got broken in. And hes only 6 years old so there so much that could be the reason, plus hes sore in one side of his bum at the moment(waiting for chiro)
I still have to sell him because of everything, but I really do think this might have been the reason, what do you guys think?

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That would be a very plausible reason, combined with the fact that he hadn't cantered in awhile, is green, and just got over an injury.

My horse apparently (never tried as I don't wear spurs) would throw a huge fit when a spur brushed his side as in the past he was damaged by spurs (amongst other things) so for him it brought back horrid memories.
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I know lots of horses that buck with spurs on. Personally that would be something I would de-sensitize a little but just so a horse takes new things in stride without having freak-out moments. That said- I have noticed most horses that buck hard enough to throw a rider with spurs the rider is using them incorrectly.
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Has this been an onging problem, the bucking?

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Maybe you should consider selling your friend instead :-D
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post #6 of 30 Old 04-29-2012, 12:08 PM
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Has his sheath been cleaned? That will cause a horse to go into bucking fit too.

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I wouldn't be rushing into selling him because of this. All horses can buck, if there's discomfort or stress.
You say he hasn't had spurs on him before, he's young, he's a sensitive tb. Yep, they can and will buck if you shock them with the spur. And sore in the hind end, so he's being spurred, he's sore behind - I know I'd try to buck someone off if I was in that position ;)

Get that soreness fixed before you do anything. If you want to spur train him, find a good rider that won't get flung off and knows how to control a buck, and use roller spurs not dummys or rowels.

THEN make your assessment on selling him. Right now, if you advertise him, you MUST tell potential buyers that he recent bucked someone off, and that he's sore. I wouldn't want to sell a horse like that, personally. Fix the problem, then look at selling if you still have to.

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I don't understand why you have to sell your horse because he bucked your friend off. Really you both are at fault if it was because of the spurs. Your friend should have asked if it was broke to spurs and you should have noticed she was wearing spurs in the first place.

Either way the horse should get broke to spurs
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The thing with spurs is, when a horse goes to buck, the most natural inclination is for the rider to hold in with their leg. What's the first thing that happens? The spur gets dug into the horse's side, making them buck even more and even harder in order to release from the pressure. The correct thing to do when a horse starts bucking off your spur is to release the leg pressure entirely, and not a lot of riders are advanced in their seat to do this. Seen it happen a million times.

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^ that's oh so wrong. When the horse goes to buck you release your leg? No! That's rewarding the horse for bucking. The way you desensitize a horse to spurs is by using them until the horse gets over it. Everytime you release pressure any kind of pressure the horse learns something.. Horses don't learn by getting baby sat. They learn by making mistakes and being corrected. So if you put your spur on the horse an everytime it bucks you release, what is that teaching the horse? To buck.
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