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post #1 of 14 Old 08-03-2013, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Extremely spooked horse= bucking

Does anyone have any tips or exercises to desensitize a spooked horse? My horse bucks when he's spooked and he's bucked me off. Thanks.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-03-2013, 01:15 PM
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Going to need more information here.

How old is horse and breed, and how long trained and for what?

How old are you, how much experience do you have?

Is this your first horse?

Where and when and at what is horse spooking at?

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-03-2013, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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My quarter horse is 12 yrs, he's my first horse, I am 13 1/2. My horse has had a history of bucking others off also. He's spooks at everything.
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My quarter horse is 12 yrs, he's my first horse, I am 13 1/2. My horse has had a history of bucking others off also. He's spooks at everything.
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Your very young to be handling such a reactive horse much less trying to correct the problem yourself. I highly recommend you get a professional to help you. And talk to your parents about finding you a more suitable horse. It would be awful if you get hurt, and unfortunately the horse already knows how to get his riders off.

My other question is what are you doing with a horse that has a history of bucking? Your first horse should be one for you to build your confidence and learn on, not a reactive type one such as this. I have two girls who have grown up on the back of a horse and I would never let them ride one that your describing. I am giving you my honest opinion, and would hate for you to get hurt.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-03-2013, 10:58 PM
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I agree wholeheartedly with Gssw5. This horse is probably not the best match for you due to his history of bucking (being as old as he is, it will be incredibly difficult to break the habit and he will likely always have a bit of buck in him; you'll never be able to trust him) and your own inexperience.

If getting a more suitable horse isn't an option, you really need to get a trainer to work with the horse and with you. I've been bucked off a lot of times in my life...most of them were minor and I just dusted myself off but there have been a couple where I was seriously hurt and could have been killed if not for pure dumb-butt luck.

The risk of you getting hurt by this horse eventually is extremely high so please, please talk to your folks about finding something more suitable.

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post #6 of 14 Old 08-04-2013, 11:39 PM
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Why on earth would you choose a known bucker for your first horse? Either find a trainer to work with you or sell him and get a more suitable horse for you.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-04-2013, 11:50 PM
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There is no quick fix for a horse that spooks and bucks his riders off. It takes firm training and a capable rider otherwise someone will get hurt. You cannot do this by yourself, nor should you.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-05-2013, 12:58 AM
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Everyone is right, you need help with this. It not a bad thing to know you are in too deep a water and need help. Most of us are too slow and admitting it and have to learn the hard way. This is not the horse to start learning on.
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-05-2013, 08:48 PM
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Have someone with experience do some ground work with the horse. Plastic bags on the end of a whip have saved me so many times. A lot of people will take away the bag when the horse runs, that's the biggest mistake you can make. You would be teaching the horse to run away from his troubles instead keep moving the bag until he slows down or comes to a complete stop and try rubbing him with it and then go back to moving the bag around . Each time try making more noise. DO NOT SNEAK AROUND YOUR HORSE WITH THIS EXERCISE!
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Have someone with experience do some ground work with the horse. Plastic bags on the end of a whip have saved me so many times. A lot of people will take away the bag when the horse runs, that's the biggest mistake you can make. You would be teaching the horse to run away from his troubles instead keep moving the bag until he slows down or comes to a complete stop and try rubbing him with it and then go back to moving the bag around . Each time try making more noise. DO NOT SNEAK AROUND YOUR HORSE WITH THIS EXERCISE!

While I agree with desensitizing a horse to all sorts of things a plastic bag with a reactive horse is not the place to start. A 13 year old child has no business trying to retrain a dangerous horse. She needs hands on help from a trainer who knows what they are doing. Better yet she needs a safe horse that she can learn on and build her confidence.
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