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    08-04-2011, 01:50 PM
Bucking at the canter at horse shows

So my 5 year old has a nasty habit of bucking at horse shows at the canter. EVERY time I have asked for the canter in a class she has bucked (and gotten me off once) regardless of how many horses are in the ring. I was the only horse in 2 classes and she still bucked. She often bucks in the schooling ring too but only at the canter. We don't buck a lot at home but we have and that has only been at the canter as well.

My assumption is that it is partially a balance issue but why are we so consistent at shows? I've decided to hold off on canter classes for now but, well, walk trot is boring and there aren't a lot of classes to do. Has anyone had a similar problem? Any thoughts? She has recently developed a new bucking technique that I cannot ride through so please don't just say ride the buck!
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    08-04-2011, 01:58 PM
Has her saddle been checked? Anything else that could be causing pain? Because the gaits are so different, they can often be fine in the walk, trot, but find it difficult and / or painful to pick up the canter if there is an underlying issue going on. At 5, it may also be a balance / training issue...
    08-04-2011, 02:40 PM
I've changed saddles so I don't think that's an issue. I bought a pessoa with the exchangeable gullet and she has a narrow on currently. She bucked with the regular tree too and I've had 2 trainers tell me the saddle is fine. Thanks for the feedback...
    08-04-2011, 03:02 PM
Have you had a cyro look at her.
    08-04-2011, 03:21 PM
Well, if she's mainly bucking at shows, it may be over-excitement at being in a new place. Even if there aren't other horses in the ring, the area is still new and all of the energy in the environment could be feeding her. Make sure when you ask for a canter in the ring that she's paying attention to you and not so much to her surroundings. Also, it may be that she's not quite comfortable with the transition to the canter so I would suggest maybe working on trot/canter and/or walk/canter transitions to really make sure she has them down. I hope this helps!
    08-04-2011, 03:43 PM
Have you had a cyro look at her.

I haven't had a cyro look at her... not sure how I feel about that concept. I'm not against it per se, but I'm against paying for it...

Thanks for the input RiddlesDarkAngel5. I think you're right about the excitement feeding into her. But how do I really counteract that? She's very good at "pretending" to pay attention to me but your right that that's important. Problem at this point is that she knows how to get me off so I don't know how to proceed other than handing the reins over to a professional.
    08-04-2011, 03:58 PM
Originally Posted by MySerenity    

I haven't had a cyro look at her... not sure how I feel about that concept. I'm not against it per se, but I'm against paying for it...

It's expensive, but 95% of the time neccessary. I think you might be suprised at the small things that affect something as big as cantering.Last visit, my horse only needed his knee slightly popped in a different direction, and he started extending his stride again. It fixed collection, extension, and right lead problems for my horse due to ribs, poll, knee, hips, and jaw all being out of whack.

I also agree about the over excitement. Even if it's less at home, she still bucks some at home, so that tells me some kind of chiropractic problem. Showing just adds to it, so therefore she bucks more.
    08-04-2011, 10:11 PM
If it is just an excitement thing (and not a chiro problem), then can you feel when she "humps"? Alot of horses will puff up under themselves right before they buck. That might give you some warning and help you stay on. If you feel her starting to hump, give her something to think about. Go right into a circle or change direction and push her forward. I know that's hard to do at a show, but that'll get her focused on you giving directions. Also are her ears pinned right before she bucks? That'll probably tell you whether its pain or not. This convo is brining back memories of all those crazy bucks that got me off too. I hope you're able to work it out
    08-04-2011, 10:14 PM
All horses should be seen by a chiropractor, JMHO. However, in over many decades of owning & showing horses, they are a godsend.
    08-04-2011, 10:18 PM
Some things you can do on your own that make a world of different. Like pulling their tail or running a whip the nob end down their ribs. Pain is Pain needs to be fix. If not pain then you should pay someone to ride threw it.
If not it will get worce.

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