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    10-09-2013, 03:42 PM
Originally Posted by Roux    
So I felt like he needed to "loosen up" and learn to have fun - instead of associating loping with just work. I thought if I could show him that loping could be fun he wouldn't buck at the transition.
This is great advice. I find that especially with arabians, horses tend to get in their own head about everything. If your horse knows that when you ask for a canter, he's not going to like it, you're going to get tense, there will be arguing... he'll hate it every time, even before the confrontation happens!

Something that my guy loves to do is just run around on a loose rein and stretch out forward & down (ha, and it'll do wonders for making your seat more independent!). As a reward at the walk, trot or canter, I will drop my contact and let him stretch out and really move. This is a great de-stressor for him. Why don't you try relaxing and making it fun? Ask him on a loose rein (even if it's not pretty and he runs from the trot into the canter-- it's still a buck-less transition and forward) and just have fun! Plus after all the hoity-toity dressage work we do, I feel like a cowboy thundering around the arena barely neck reining and it's quite fun.
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    10-09-2013, 05:03 PM
Do you think this is something he's learned from previous owners? I'm just asking because when I bought him I had a lot of bad habits to deal with... rubbing his bridle on any hard surface he could get close enough to, bucking and threatening to rear near the barn so he could get away from work, screaming his head off when we worked alone, refusing to move forward, bolting... all of these things have more or less been corrected, with only rare relapses. He has begun to respect me much faster than I expected, which makes me happy. Now we walk and trot forward willingly and behave both in the arena and on trail.

However, this cantering issue gets me... do you think these bucking fits before the canter are another one of his nasty bad habits? Sigh... I just want to make sure I'm teaching him fairly and correctly.

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