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post #1 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to get this pony to stop bucking as much but the person who has been riding him has taught him when she hits him with her crop he bucks so what could I do?! He's always bucked and he's 12 year old so I know he won't come out of it so how could i punish him for bucking as he'll only buck more? Someone suggested cracking an egg on his head when he does it but it seems a little too harsh. Help.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 05:46 PM
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Is the pony bucking meaning he kicks up his back legs or rearing which is standing on his back legs while his front legs go up in the air? The egg cracking method (which I don't think works) is for rearing, not at all for bucking.
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When is he bucking? Is it when he trots or canters?

If you have the defeatist attitude of 'he has always done it and you know he will not come out of it' then you will not stop him from doing it!

You need to keep driving him forward with your legs when he bucks, raise your hands to keep his head up and make him keep going. When he stops bucking you reward with a slower pace and a pat.
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Firstly, if he's been effectively taught to buck when hit with a crop, don't hit him with a crop! If you absolutely feel the need for a crop, then I'd start on the ground, teaching him not to fear it and how to *respond* to it correctly rather than react. Next I'd get him checked out physically to make sure it's not pain from his back, saddle, teeth, neck, feet, etc.

Then I'd reconsider your attitude. I don't believe for a minute that just because he's always done it means he can't be changed, but it does mean that he's had lots of practice & confirmation of this behaviour working for him in the past, so it will take skill, persistance, consistancy & time to change.

If you really believe he can't change, then I don't get why you're discussing punishing him for it anyway. But if he only bucks when hit with a crop, then it's likely this behaviour is(or at least was originally) a fear reaction anyway, so further punishment isn't likely to calm and reassure him. Whatever consequences you're going to use, be it reinforcement or punishment, it needs to happen instantly, at the time of the behaviour you want to influence.
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Not entirely sure what you mean, as cracking with an egg is an old school method for rearing. The egg dripping over their face is meant to make the horse think they banged their head.

If it's bucking or rearing, regardless, there are signs before, the horse slows. Push them forward, do something else, take their mind off it.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 03:22 AM
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Get him into a training ring with a nice soft, deep, sandy floor and just buck him out. Once he figures it's a lot of work to buck and you're still up there, he'll stop...that is, if you can stay in the saddle. Just put a halter on him, so you don't hurt his mouth, keep a tight rein, and keep his head up.

When I was a kid (10 years old) I had a pony that wouldn't ride double, so my younger brother and I decided we'd buck her out. We never did break her. I couldn't stay on long enough! I can't tell you how many times I came off the back end of that pony! We had a ball, but she wouldn't ride double until the day she died.

Contrary to popular (modern) belief, there is nothing wrong with bucking a horse out. There are a multitude of ways of training a horse. They all work to one degree or another, and most will work better on one horse than another. Horses were rough broke for a loooooong time before Parelli came along.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 07:57 AM
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bucking one out is what i call natural horsemanship this new age stuff theres nothing natural about my advice is buck it out i got a mare when u get after her with spurs she would buck but i bucked her out it works
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