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    09-04-2013, 07:22 PM
bucking question

Ok, I got bucked off my horse for the first time today.

I wasn't expecting it at all so ended up falling off. I worked him afterward making him run and trot but didn't get back on because it was quite a fall and I was a little worried about getting hurt.

Was that the TOTALLY wrong thing? I was reading I should have gotten back on. Do horses always buck twice? Ugh.

Well, if so I've already done it, so now what. It was windy which makes him nervous and I think maybe because the saddle was leaning a little to the left I leaned into the right stirrup and did a couple of leans to restraighten the saddle and that's when he started bucking.
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    09-04-2013, 08:22 PM
Working him helps, but getting back on is good both to show the horse he can't win and ensures you'll have confidence to try again, even if you take five steps after mounting. However, bucking didn't go completely without work, which is good. Get back on as soon as you can. Scary winds are scary, but next time be prepared at all times, even on a bombproof pony.
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    09-04-2013, 08:27 PM
Have you checked your saddle fit? If the bucking was caused by you shifting the saddle around, I would imagine it pinched or rubbed painfully in some way which made him buck.

As was already said, it's best to get back on so they don't learn that if they buck you off the ride is over, but you worked him, so hopefully that got a similar point across. The biggest thing to avoid is allowing the horse to go back to their stall/pasture and be completely done when they buck you off. Even the best horse will start learning that they should buck from that kind of treatment.
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    09-04-2013, 09:08 PM
Circles, circles, circles. Always get back on as long as your not really hurt and do lots of circles and back and forth and after they buck you off they darn well better give you their heads and I was usually not very darn nice when I asked. After I checked the saddle and it appeared there was no reason for it to happen, I'd be rock'n like a crazy person in that saddle, course from a fence is a really good place to do that from. The fence don't buck quite so bad! Do EVERYTHING from a fence first, then do it again just because. It can get REALLY windy where I live and I make it a point to always go out, but pay attention and LOTs of circles.

Be careful.
    09-04-2013, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the advice. I don't think the saddle is bad in any way, but he has been running alot lately so maybe his shoulders are sore and having me get on hurt his sore muscles?

We just finished a large outside 'arena' area and about 3 times in the last week when he has been put out there he will run solid for about a half hour or longer.

So circles is what I will try if it seems like he's going to buck. It happened so quickly and as I've never seen him buck I didn't know what he was about to do.

Thanks for all of the advice
    09-04-2013, 09:59 PM
Have you had your saddle professionally fitted? While a saddle might be a great brand or look alright, it may be pinching or uncomfortable somewhere you can't seem. Even if it fit him a few months ago if he's had any body changes it may not fit him anymore. When you take your saddle pad off do you see any spots on it where the sweat is concentrated?
    09-04-2013, 11:41 PM
No saddle fitting done and no fitter anywhere close, but I do understand what to look for in a saddle that fits the sweat pattern all looks even,

I rode him just a couple days ago and he did great. Same saddle etc. like I said, he has been running alot the last few days...could his muscles be really sore? He's still getting in shape.

I usually work him a bit more before riding, and I know wind is wind, but my horse is a real scardy cat and it's one of those things I accept about him and why I keep him otherwise he might end up on a meat wagon because I know alot of people don't have patience for cray cray horses.

So, I'll recheck the saddle, and give him a few days if his muscles are sore. I did take the saddle off completely after I fell off to make sure there wasn't a bee or something sharp under the pad. I didn't find anything, but I put it back on after I worked him so I didn't have to carry it home and he had no problem being saddled up.
    09-05-2013, 01:11 AM
If you can, poke around at his muscles and watch his reaction. If you can't tell, seek vet assistance to ensure your horse is comfortable. If he's exerting more energy than he's used to, he could possibly be a little sore.
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    09-05-2013, 12:02 PM
Well, I massaged all over his shoulders today and he had no reaction at all besides liking it. =)

Could it have been a playful set up bucks? Cool fall air and I hadn't worked him a couple of days. He's a Welsh pony. Thankfully he's only 13.2 hands because he sent me flying and my head and neck really took a jolt.

Is bucking a barn sour behavior?
    09-05-2013, 12:10 PM
Originally Posted by Stoddard    
Working him helps, but getting back on is good both to show the horse he can't win and ensures you'll have confidence to try again, even if you take five steps after mounting. However, bucking didn't go completely without work, which is good. Get back on as soon as you can. Scary winds are scary, but next time be prepared at all times, even on a bombproof pony.
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Bombproof ponies don't buck when you school. My old herd never did, even with inexperienced riders. They would just walk to where they wanted to go.
When you get bucked off, get back on.
But, rather...
When you FALL off, get back on.
Know the difference. OP, get some trainer help for your green horse.

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