Help my gelding with bucking
My horse and I have always had a relationship that turns heads! Liberty, galloping to the fence to see me, and so much trust. Up until 1 month ago I could honestly say he never once bucked with me on him... I feel like a failure. Tacoma and I do many things together, but we mainly enjoy trail riding and pleasure riding. I have always used a treeless western saddle on him with a bitless or a soft snaffle, but I would like to be able to take him to small fun shows :)... So I invested in a Wintec 2000 all purpose english saddle because of there amazing reviews. I do not have the money or enough interest in going really big with english so I went synthetic. The saddle is not sitting on his withers, nor his spine and seems to fit ok in my eyes. I have a riser between the saddle and his back as well as a saddle pad. He was absolutely fine with it when I rode in it for the first time at a small show, but all of a sudden he has gotten this habit of bucking whenever he goes into a canter! I HATE it! He has also been very lazy when riding and wants to literally just stand around doing nothing as soon as I climb on his back. So, I have started using my split reins to gently tap his butt to get his feet moving... So he bucked more. He has not only stopped and not wanted to walk in my english saddle, but also as soon as spring arrived also gotten alot lazier on the trails. Stopping in the middle of the road, not wanting to move so as soon as I use my split rein he flicks his tail and gives attitude before walking on. I am so despriate to have a pleasurable riding horse again it is almost not funny! Where has my boy gone!?! What have I done!?! How do I fix this!?!? I just want him to eagerly move his feet without attitude and to do easy transitions into the canter without bucking. I do not need a fancy horse, or anything like that! I simply want things to go back to the way they were! Does this mean I won't be able to start him over tiny jumps? Or not being able to ride english? Do I need to forget about small fun shows? If I had to pick, trails and pleasure come first. But I still love having ribbons on my wall that we have won together. PLEASE HELP!!!