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post #1 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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When we got Magic we were told she had been riden a few times. She was used to the saddle/bit and was not totally new to being riden. So after a few months of groundwork, I decided to saddle her up and ride. I rode her maybe five times. I rode her bareback once, and the other times with a saddle. She responded to my requests great. She walked/trotted when I asked, responded to the bit, backed up, and bended. My fiance got on her the first time and she immediatly was aggitated and she bucked him off. I then got on her and rode her; She was just perfect. He got on her another day, she did the same thing. He gets on and she immediatly stops listening to him. She wouldn't go, then when he did get her to move she bolted and bucked him off again.
I don't know why she does this. The second time she bucked my fiance off, I got a little worried. Any ideas to why she does this? I thought maybe it could be because she has no respect for my fiance? Any ideas would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 08:29 PM
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Is you fiance an experienced rider?
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 08:49 PM
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Is you fiance an experienced rider?
This could be key. My old guy will walk around with anyone-but better not ask for anything more. Except with my daughter,myself, or a very experienced rider. We have come to the conclusion that inexperienced people perhaps hit him with their legs? We aren't sure, but he hits the "eject" button so fast it makes your head swim! Has been like that as long as I have had him-17 years.

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I had a mare once that was fine with any feamle riding her and was ok with males on the ground but any male who tried to ride her and she would buck them off immediatly. I later found out through tracking her much earlier owners that she had a male ride her once who put really got into her. Does she fear your fiance on the ground at all? Maybe if he does lots of groundwork to gain her trust befor he tries again.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 09:32 PM
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If you keep doing what you are doing,then you are going to need a new fiance.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 09:50 PM
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If you keep doing what you are doing,then you are going to need a new fiance.
Totally agree with this! I would be inclined to forget about the "horse problem" and start looking at the fiance. Maybe it is simply that he gets on and automatically tightens up, squeezes too hard and puts pressure on the horse.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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No he is not an experienced rider and I am thinking that's why he keeps getting bucked. I've been riding for a little over 11 years, and he really hasn't been riding at all. So he probably does do something (even something he is not aware of) that is freaking her out and causing her to buck. I don't think we'll have him on Magic untill he gets some lessons in and she gets more training.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 10:34 PM
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Thats probably your problem. Though it has been wildly debated on this forum...some horses dislike men. I have seen it with my own two eyes so I can attest. Its more than likely that when he is in the saddle...he doesnt sit the way you do which is putting pressure in different spots. New riders usually start with a hump in their back. As long as she is fine for you...I wouldnt worry.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the help. I guess it's not really too big of a problem as long as she doesn't buck with me on!
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-11-2010, 11:57 PM
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I would certainly get some more time on her before putting anyone else on her, and perhaps have a trainer work with her as well, somewhere down the line.

I would guess that her issues have to do with the way your fiance is riding, or not riding her...he probably doesn't have a decent seat, holds her with his legs, and uses the reins a bit too much...all confusing and aggitating her.

I have a mare that would undoubtedly do the same thing if I put an inexperienced rider on her; she is very sensitive to weight and position, and doesn't appreciate you hanging on her mouth. But she is great for me, so I don't worry about it...atleast for now; she is still green like your mare, so I would rather not have other riders on her anyway.

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