Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
I find with most young horses, there comes a point where they kind of "discover" the buck if you know what I mean. My BO likes to call it, "discovering the back legs." Lol. Did she just start doing this? When a young horse is started undersaddle, a lot of times they don't really know what a buck is, but then when they discover it, they think they can do it all the time. It may be that she has realized what a flying buck can do -- she thinks, "Hey, when I do this, this person on my back comes off!" I think your horse needs serious groundwork. So many people underestimate the power of groundwork, especially with young horses. If your horse doesn't respect you on the ground, she won't undersaddle. I would try doing lots of groundwork with a knowledgeable trainer to help. Try lunging and see if she reacts with a buck to that as well. She's still young and learning and like I said, I think she's just discovered the "oh-so-exciting buck that is just sooo much fun and makes my rider go flying." Unfortunately, not so much fun for you. Lol. But yes, lots of groundwork should help. The thing with bucking is that you want to keep your horse moving forward, out of the buck, so that they sort of forget about it. Do lots of lunging and other exercises, keep things interesting but also of short duration. I would suggest consistent spurts of training instead of long training sessions with lots of time in between. If you only work her 15 minutes one day, thats ok. Praise her when she's good. Praise, praise, praise. Be firm but consistent when she misbehaves. Always end on a good note. Hope this helps.
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