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post #51 of 52 Old 01-19-2012, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever View Post
I start my horses bareback/in a halter.. if there was an explosion its easier for me to bail.
See now, I am wholeheartedly against purposefully bailing on a horse whenever they blow up. I've dealt with more than my share that had been taught to buck by people who would do just that. The horse would hop around a little bit or throw a couple of small bucks, the rider would bail off, and the horse would figure out "Hey, if I buck a little bit, they get off and leave me alone". Then they start to get about bucking, and they get harder to stop. Even if you do get them to stop when you get on, they will often revert to bucking whenever they get mad or spooked. Often it is either very hard and takes a very long time to get them over it....or they never get over it.
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post #52 of 52 Old 01-19-2012, 09:33 PM
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I agree with smrobs on that one...if you can sit out those bucks do so; better yet, if you can push the horse through them by getting those feet to move out, do so. A horse bucks basically because his feet are "stuck" in place. Don't bail, think about how you can get those feet moving foward. Sometimes all it takes is taking one rein to your hip and disengaging those hips, and then using your reins, or someone on the ground (if the horse knows round penning techniques), to ask for forward motion.
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