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post #1 of 30 Old 08-16-2010, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Don't grab on to the mane! Just don't!

Well... my horse just bucked me off... yeah, ouch... This was the first time I have fallen off a horse (broke my streak of 4 years? Almost 5?) It wasn't fun...

Anyway this isn't the first time he has done it, he took off with my sister who is not really horsey, and bucked her off. He just did the same to me.

He has taken off on me before but has never bucked me off until today.

He started out trotting, nice slow trot, then he started going faster and I tried to slow him down but then just took off and started to buck then he ran away.

He's not a bad horse, usually, this has only happen twice that he bucked.

No, it is NOT his saddle, he is in NO pain.

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post #2 of 30 Old 08-16-2010, 06:10 PM
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It seems like he is giving you some warning.....I would turn him-pretty tight so that you disengage his hind end and he can't buck. You may have to bring his nose right around to your knee at first, with your leg in him to disengage him. Keep circling/bending him this way and that,at a walk and when he relaxes a bit, try trot again. If he does it again-same thing. Just my suggestion. Somehow, and I know it is hard, you need to ride through it. Every time he gets someone off acting a fool, he wins.
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franknbeans, you took the words out of my mouth. Excellent advice.

On a horse that runs off with you or bucks, the worst thing a person can do is to pull on both reins. That gives the horse something to brace against and he will continue to run and it helps him buck harder. The best cure for nearly every evil is the one rein stop.

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Agreed. Turn him if he takes off as well as if he bucks. You most likely will not be able to stop it by pulling back with the reins.
If all else fails, you can try a different bit (not sure what you're using now).

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franknbeans, you took the words out of my mouth. Excellent advice.

On a horse that runs off with you or bucks, the worst thing a person can do is to pull on both reins. That gives the horse something to brace against and he will continue to run and it helps him buck harder. The best cure for nearly every evil is the one rein stop.
And then move those feet. Every time he even thinks about bucking or running off. Serpentines, circles, etc.....are your friend......:)

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Im so glad to read the responses, this is exactly how i'm dealing with Flicka.
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post #7 of 30 Old 08-16-2010, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I'll do this the next time he does it (But seriously hoping he wont do it again :) ) But when he is running would doing the one rein stop make him fall?

And yes, I'm guilty with pulling both reins back, Thanks for telling me that it really doesn't work :)

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Oh and when we finally got him his reins broke... you know that loop where the reins hook on to the bit? It broke right before it...

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The one rein stop is kinda dangerous to try from a full run. If he is running off with you, what you would want to do is to turn him into a large circle, then slowly bring down the size of the circle until he breaks down to a trot. Then you can proceed with the ORS like normal.

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Thanks,
) But when he is running would doing the one rein stop make him fall?
Hopefully you get him pulled to one side before he is running. It takes practice and you need to do alot of flexing from the ground and in the saddle so he will give and turn his head.
It also takes alot of practice because when you pull to one side it is easy to forget to release the other side so he can turn.
By the way what does the title have to do with this thread?
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