Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever
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 more....um...exuberant 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.