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post #11 of 16 Old 08-26-2009, 01:11 PM
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It sounds as if he's being naughty to me. If you stop him after he starts galloping and bucking then he may have learned that bucking gets him out of having to work hard (gallop). A horse needs to be taught that it is NOT OKAY to buck with a rider. Doesn't mean he wont from time to time or in certain situations, but he needs a reprimand. I would have someone who knows what they are doing ride him at the gallop. When he starts bucking I would sit back, spin him around and around - moving hindquarters and shoulders with a lot of leg, make him work pretty hard doing that, then push him right back into the gallop. Repeat for bucking. Eventually he realizes that it is a lot less work to just quietly gallop rather than being constantly stopped and spun. A good trainer I knew once said "give the horse choices...his way and your way. Just make sure his way requires a lot more sweat...and your way is the easier, softer way."
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-27-2009, 02:30 PM
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Well, i have to say, that when i gallop my horse i do not get into two point at all. I dont ride with stirrups too often, and i ride western. When i do gallop i just make sure i'm not sitting upright, and that i dont hold onto the horn because you should learn to hold on with your legs, holding on with the horn will make you release your legs therefore they will just kinda flop around, if you havent noticed already because when i first started galloping that what i did. Just lean forward, hold on with your theighs and sit a little bit more closer to the horn. Oh and always look where your going haha, the first time i galloped i was sooo concentrated on not falling and holding on, that my horse went under this tree and i got cuts all over my face from the branches hanging off it. Best of luck! And remember, theres nothing like a good, fast, and safe gallop
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My daughter has ridden numerous horses who have bucked for one reason or another. and her trainer always Yells "SIT BACK SIT BACK SIT BACK" I have seen other trainers say the same thing. Seems to work for her.

My horse bucked in a lesson and the trainer said I caused it. Because when I asked my horse to walk and trot he kind of ignored me and I sort of nagged him in to it. Then when I asked him to lope he thought, well, I will just be even naughtier since that has worked so far. So I was teaching him bad manners without even realizing it.
My daughter's trainer ALWAYS has her lunge her horse (with the saddle on) if he has had more than three days or so off and lope for a bit. If he bucks at all while lunging he is made to stop bucking right away and do lots of turns. He is allowed to buck all he wants if he is put in the arena loose but never on the lunge line. So he learns bucking with the saddle on is never okay.
We have had very good luck with reining horse trainers even though we do not compete in that discipline. It seems like you might do with a few lessons for you and your horse. Just be very careful who you go to. so many people call themselves "trainers". If someone actually competes and does well in a sport like reining then you are probably pretty safe going to them. Just some thoughts.
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-27-2009, 03:36 PM
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When he goes to buck you need to grab ONE rein and jerk his head up. Don't be even a little nice about it. Riding a horse that is bucking is not very safe and you may very well end up crippled paralyzed or dead if you don't put a stop to it soon. If you can work him from the ground in a round pen when he starts to buck change directions with him and speed him up then if he bucks again change directions and speed him up. It doesn't really matter why he's doing it you just need to make the behavior stop. Also I would stop all of the feed concentrate and only feed him hay unless he has a problem maintaining wieght. 16 is really not that old and unless he is unhealthy he shouldn't need the supplement.
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Thanks for the help to all who have answered! Good ideas for me to try. Keep them coming...I need all the help I can get!
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-10-2009, 09:45 AM
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Everybody is giving you great suggestions! =)

Have you had him checked out for any pain? Could he have some arthritis that's making it uncomfortable for him? It could be that going uphill you sit on way or he moves in a way that doesn't cause pain but on the flat it's painful...
I used to ride a horse that would buck at the canter and we never thought there was any pain involved (for at least 3 years, poor horse) but eventually my then trainer put him on some pain meds for something else and voila! No more bucking until she took him off the meds, then the bucking started again. We had to retire him to just walk/trot which was a bummer but he was much more comfortable. I don't think it'll have to anything like that drastic in your case though. =)

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