Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
I think he's just being a normal horse.
The saddle probably is bugging him, but not in a hurtful way. It's bugging him in a "Hey, I don't like this thing on my back and I'm protesting."
Sometimes horses, if they are really unconfident, will not buck the first few times with the saddle on because they're too worried trying to figure out what exactly it is.
Once they start to build up confidence that it's really not to going to hurt them, they start to test it and then try to get it off.
Maybe that's what your boy is doing.
It's hard when they buck enough and act like a skitsofrenic and you think they might hurt themselves... but it could a huge mistake if you stop just because he is bucking.
It doesn't take long for a horse to clue in that "Hey, if I buck, she takes it off." and you're going to have a really big problem on your hands.
I would just do the same thing that you were doing before.
Once he finishes his bucking fit, walk him around a bit longer, then unsaddle.
Make sure it ends on a good note, but make sure that the good note it ends on is on your terms and conditions, not his.
Good luck, and hopefully he learned this time and won't do it again! :)