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post #1 of 5 Old 01-12-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bucking Hootie :(

Hi I have a friend who has an issue with her horse... when she's running (cantering) with other riders, the horse bucks when another horse is starting to pass her! she HATES being behind another horse.. any ideas?. she recently did it again on a trail ride!...she has always done this... worked with her in an area with another two horses and she stopped or so it seemed... but took her on the trail today and she did it again
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-12-2013, 09:58 PM
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I would try going out on trail, and at a walk, teach your horse that its okay to fall behind. Walk behind the others for a while. Let them buck rear or whatever they want. Ten move to asking them to stand while they leave you. As soon as they stand still, let them walk again. *for the first few times, have your friends and their horses stop IN SIGHT of your horse to minimize the amount of anxiety. Make sure your horse is comfortable with one step before moving on to another. It will take time! Try to reward by walking toward them immediately. If they trot o them, stop, backup. Stand then allow them to walk and walk only. Eventually they will be okay with being wherever ou want them on trial.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-12-2013, 11:33 PM
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I agree with moose but instead of letting them buck, stand, and what have you do a one reign stop. Let the horse keep circling until she comes to a complete stand still then release her head. Every time she goes to buck on her or try and take control use that, it may take some doing and you may end up turning a five mile trail ride into ten just from all of the circles but it will be well worth it. She may see herself as the trail boss (mares are the dominate ones in a herd) and this bucking is just a temper tantrum, but if you let her get away with it, it will turn into a very dangerous habit. The one reign stop is almost like a "reset" button, not exactly the best way to describe it but that's all that comes to mind right now. When the horse spins itself in circles over and over and realizes they didn't go forward (the bad deal) they start looking for a way to move forward, and if that is by slowly moving at a walk and they don't get spun (the good deal) they'll learn to look for the good way out.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-13-2013, 12:37 AM
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Yes circles are great for this... I just thought my post was too long already didn't want to add more lol. Just remember to be patient and calm. This is one of the most important things when dealing with high strung horses.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-14-2013, 12:02 PM
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When going threw this lesson on our horses I pick a song or poem or something I am very familiar with. The first few times of doing these circles can be very intense and like moose said staying calm is extremely important. When I get on a horse that throws really bad tantrums I pull hard and tight and keep the circle hard and alot of horses that you are trying to correct will make those first few circles nerve racking. As soon as I pull them into a tight circle I keep my rein pulled back to my hip and my other rein loose and start singing a song or whatever in my head to keep my mind off all the tension. I dont break my concentration on my horse but its just something a little extra too keep my brain off the adrenaline. Some horses will get this down pat in two or three times. My youngest mare is like that. Two or three times of something and shes got the hang of it but, my 7yo mare takes about 30-40 times of doing something over and over and the exact same way for her to learn . So if she doesnt respond the first few times dont get disappointed just keep doing it. Persistance pays off and so does patience.

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