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post #1 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Bucking problem! Running out of options!

Ok my horse has been bucking a lot lately and I cant figure out why! It's so weird because she NEVER ever bucks! like EVER! I have had her for 2 years and have rode her for 4 and have never had any kind of bucking problem before! She only bucks when you put her into a lope.

I know she is feeling fine and in place because she runs in the pasture and rolls and stuff.
It's not my tack because its the same tack I have used for 2 years. Plus I tried a different saddle and she still bucked.

She will only lope when she wants too. I think she might just be bored in the arena but the weather is bad so we cant really go anywhere and I have tried to do different things in the arena but she still bucks.

It's show season now so I am running out of options! I just don't know what to do anymore! Please help!
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Ok my horse has been bucking a lot lately and I cant figure out why! It's so weird because she NEVER ever bucks! like EVER! I have had her for 2 years and have rode her for 4 and have never had any kind of bucking problem before! She only bucks when you put her into a lope.

I know she is feeling fine and in place because she runs in the pasture and rolls and stuff.
It's not my tack because its the same tack I have used for 2 years. Plus I tried a different saddle and she still bucked.

She will only lope when she wants too. I think she might just be bored in the arena but the weather is bad so we cant really go anywhere and I have tried to do different things in the arena but she still bucks.

It's show season now so I am running out of options! I just don't know what to do anymore! Please help!

Sure sounds like a respect issue to me. What do you do when she begins to buck? I think the more information you can provide, the more advice people will be able to give.
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Sure sounds like a respect issue to me. What do you do when she begins to buck? I think the more information you can provide, the more advice people will be able to give.
I either kick her and keep her going till she lopes the way I like or I spank her with a crop and both usually work for the rest of the day but the next day she will do it again. She doesn't buck as much as she used to buck she is still doing it after like a month.
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Just because you've had the same tack for 2 years, doesn't mean it fits her NOW. And using a different saddle wouldn't alleviate pain that is already there. Similarly, running around in the pasture doesn't mean she has no pain. I would seriously get her checked out for pain and have a professional check the fit of your saddle.
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Have you tried circles? Horses hate doing circles, and it may be a good corrective measure only AFTER your vet has come to check her out.
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Just because you've had the same tack for 2 years, doesn't mean it fits her NOW. And using a different saddle wouldn't alleviate pain that is already there. Similarly, running around in the pasture doesn't mean she has no pain. I would seriously get her checked out for pain and have a professional check the fit of your saddle.
I had my tack checked a couple months ago. I don't think she changed that much since then. Plus she will lope when she wants like if we are doing something she likes like barrels or jumping. So I don't know...
But I am having her checked out pretty soon.
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I had my tack checked a couple months ago. I don't think she changed that much since then. Plus she will lope when she wants like if we are doing something she likes like barrels or jumping. So I don't know...
But I am having her checked out pretty soon.

Discipline discipline discipline.
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It could be a lameness issue. Horses with stifle problems will buck. My mare has hind limb lameness issues that only manifest if you try to canter her.

Put her on the lunge line and ask for walk-canter transitions. See if she bucks. Then repeat with the saddle on. See if she bucks. Then repeat with a backpack full of books tied to the sadde. Sometimes there is pain only when weight is added. The horse might be fine in the paddock but when you add weight the horse is painful.

For stifle issues see:
Horse Problems Australia talks about stifle problems in horses and their reprocussions

Very abnormal for your always willing horse to suddenly develop a bucking issue.
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Discipline discipline discipline.
I am trying... What else could I do?
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I am trying... What else could I do?
The only thing I know to do is circles, but that's if you can ride out the buck. Most times, I can't :-/ as soon as the horse starts bucking, yank that head around and start kicking. as soon as he calms down, stop. If you ride on and he goes back to bucking, repeat the process. Eventually he will learn that it's a lot more work to buck than it is not to.
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