|The only time I don't discourage bucking is the first time a horse is saddled.|
While a horse is tied solidly, we tighten a rope around the horse's belly. We use the soft cotton rope that we sack them out with. Then, we put a surcingle on one. We put a small rope around the horse's neck to keep the surcingle from sliding back.
When the horse is comfortable with the surcingle, we are ready for the saddle. With the horse tied in a safe place, we throw on a stock saddle and let the horse stand around all day with it on. We have it snug, but not extra tight. We also have a breast collar on it. We move the saddle around a little, make the horse's hip move back and forth, but do not longe it or move it around any more than that. I may leave a horse saddled several hours at a time for several days. This usually gets them completely comfortable.
The first few times I move a horse forward, I will always put an 'over-check' on them. If it will copy, I will try to put a picture of how this works to keep a horse from bucking.
Originally Posted by Cherie |
I finally found a way to get this photo in here. I have mentioned it several times before, but could not get the copy I had of it to copy and paste. I finally got it moved to photobucket and then it moved here.
This is not a very effective version of this gizmo. This one is more like a low 'sidecheck' on a driving bridle. It keeps a horse from lowering its head low enough to buck. It is very effective on a longe line. I put one of these on EVERY horse when I move them around with a saddle on them for the first time.
If a horse really wants to buck, I run the little nylon cord between the two ropes on a rope halter. That sets it much higher and it becomes an 'overcheck'. It is very effective in stopping a horse from dropping its head.
Let me explain this better since you cannot see how the little cord runs. I take a 9 or 10 foot piece of 1/4 inch nylon cord (purchased at Walmart). I tie one end solidly with a bowline knot to the bit on the right side. Then I run it through the top ring of a halter as shown or between the two ropes of a rope halter crown-piece. Then, I run it loosely behind the saddle-horn, run it back through the halter just below the horse's ear and tie it to the left bit ring with another bowline knot.
Then, I take the loose cord behind the saddle-horn, fold it over itself (making sure it is centered and the horse's head is straight in front of him) and drop the double half hitch it made over the horn.
I cannot count how many times this little gizmo has saved my neck. I use it on every green horse when I first ride them off. I usually warm them up a little and then loosen it by taking the half hitch off the horn and just lay the cord loosely behind the horn.
I use one of these adjusted loosely when I ground drive a horse so the it cannot drop its head to avoid the bit. It also keeps a horse from bending its neck vertically in the middle (instead of breaking at the poll) which puts them on their front ends.