Help! Bucking when I ask to canter?
My horse is a 12yo QH who I've owned for the last two years. I had a family emergency earlier this year, so I asked someone to look after him and his pasture buddy. I resumed riding and caring for him three weeks ago, though I can only ride bareback, due to a child ruining my saddle. :(
Anyways, I was riding yesterday, and he was doing perfectly until I asked him to canter, and he started bucking. I pulled his head up and rode through it, but it's very inconvenient after not riding for a while, and having to do it bareback. I got off, and started lunging him, he did pretty well, had a little buck but barely anything. Got back on and he resumed bucking.
What should I do?