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post #1 of 15 Old 05-11-2014, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bucking while lunging?

Just curious if anyone out there has a horse that does a few happy bucks when lunging after several days in a stall (bad weather, etc)? If so, do you do anything to address this and how so?

My Oldenburg will do this occasionally with no further incident. It just seems like he's kicking up his heels and happy to be moving. He is 9 and has a mind like a 4 year old, as they are late in maturing. Under saddle he has not done this. I'm wondering if I should correct him. I half halted him the two times he did this. He has settled in to work nicely each time. Is this necessary? Is this enough?
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-11-2014, 04:23 PM
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If I am lungeing for a purpose then the horse will be tacked up so no messing is allowed.
On the other hand, if I am lungeing because it is not safe to ride out and they are untacked, then they can have a few playful bucks.
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Absolutely no bucking/etc. Too likely to slip or fall, and the horse is NOT focused...so that handler can get hurt. Start in walk, then the other gaits. Stop the horse immediately, restart in walk if necessary. (hopefully always in a caveson or serrata)
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I'm with Foxhunter - if the tack is on then I expect the same good behavior on the lunge as I do under saddle
If they can't get turned out for some reason then I'll let them loose in the manege to let off steam - but I'd rather they learn self control and trot it out of their system
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I thinks it's normal for them to give a few playful bucks if they haven't been out in a while.
However, it's not something I want the horse to think is okay. My sister got nicked in the head due to a playful buck that was just a little too close (fortunately it didn't make full contact and she just got a bad bruise).
I'll increase pressure with the whip and my voice, pushing the horse forward and relax it when they settle out.
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I free lunged Ana the other day after giving her one day off and she threw in a few playful bucks while cantering around the arena. Seems pretty normal "I'm full of it" behavior.
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I never allowed a horse to buck for any reason...that being said, it will happen. When it does I just up some pressure to let the horse know it is not acceptable. All this is assuming I am dealing with a trained animal.

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I'm in the camp that doesn't allow bucking at any time when I am around. If my horse has been stalled a while I'll turn them out in round pen while I go do something else for ten or so minutes so they can roll, stretch their legs and play around until I come back then I expect them to be ready to work.

If I don't have a round pen I'll put them on the lunge line and go straight to work. If my horse bucks I'll have them do a rollback and send them back the other way nice and forward.

One great thing is a horse will develop a great deal of self control. I find this incredibly useful if a horse gets injured and requires stall rest. When it comes time for the horse to be put back into work, it's nothing new for the horse to be calm and do as I ask with no silliness that would risk injury again.

The only time I don't discourage bucking is the first time a horse is saddled.

However it's whatever works for you, if bucking on the lunge line just be safe and don't let your horse cut in close to your space so you can stay safe.
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Thanks for all the comments. Just to clarify, River bucked when he was tacked up, but trotting a good 12' out on the line. He was never close to me. I so appreciate all the tips and information.
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I never allowed a horse to buck for any reason...that being said, it will happen. When it does I just up some pressure to let the horse know it is not acceptable. All this is assuming I am dealing with a trained animal.

Good luck
Genuinely curious here ...do you mean that you don't allow bucking while being worked (lunging, riding, ground work, what-have-you), or do you mean at all, such as in turn out? What do you do if horse bucks during turn out? (assuming that is what you mean by not allowed to buck for any reason).
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