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    06-16-2013, 11:03 PM
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Foal
Unhappy Help! My horse is bucking when I ask to canter!

My horse is a 15 year old APHA who I have owned for the last 3 years! I have been light riding and trail riding with him but just in the last 6 months been doing lessons and more intense trail rides. I have been having bucking and cow hopping issues... he never ever use to buck! But now all of a sudden he has been bucking and cow hopping when I ask him to go into the canter! I just recently started lessons in Feb to have help in my confidence and my experience. I am not the most experienced rider so this is effecting my confidence!

I have done everything thus far that people have recommended... Vet check, Saddle Check, Ground work...

I have the entire Clinton Anderson fundamentals kit that I have watched and can do all the ground work with this horse just like clintons! So why in the world am I having this issue!!

HELP! Need any advice I can get!!
     
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    06-16-2013, 11:05 PM
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Showing
Does he do this with an experienced trainer?
     
    06-16-2013, 11:15 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Does he do this with an experienced trainer?
Yes he does try to with my trainer, but then he stops once he knows that he can't get away with it because she asks him to just continue to canter. I can't seem to get my jitters out when I ask him to canter. I am now also not doing lessons as often as I was because I moved him to a different location. I just need to get over this hump of nervousness I feel like!
     
    06-16-2013, 11:16 PM
  #4
Showing
Yeah it's probably him reacting from your expectation of him bucking then. Once a horse knows it bothers you, some keep on doing it.

I'm glad you're working with an instructor. Just keep at it, but if you don't feel comfortable have your instructor keep working with him.
     
    06-17-2013, 05:50 AM
  #5
Trained
Well you've found your problem then!! No fancy tips and tricks needed, just plain guts to put your leg on and keep riding.
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    06-17-2013, 06:40 AM
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Weanling
Its sounds like he is feeding off your nervousness and knows that you will let him get away with it. If you are anticipating that he is about to buck/cow hop, then he is probably feeding off that as well.

If he doesn't play up like this with your instructor, or gives up quickly, then you need to try the same technique. If you aren't comfortable with this, maybe a few sessions with your trainer riding him might show him that playing up doesn't get him anywhere.
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    06-17-2013, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Dreamersrider    
Yes he does try to with my trainer, but then he stops once he knows that he can't get away with it because she asks him to just continue to canter. I can't seem to get my jitters out when I ask him to canter. I am now also not doing lessons as often as I was because I moved him to a different location. I just need to get over this hump of nervousness I feel like!
My guess would be since you've recently upped his work he is building more muscle and perhaps the saddle no longer fits correctly. Also - ensure that you are not placing the saddle on his shoulders - you should be able to feel his shoulder blade and the saddle should sit right behind it (1-2 finger thickness of distance behind the shoulder blade).
     
    06-18-2013, 09:24 PM
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CRK
Foal
As Valentina mentioned, definitely check your saddle fit thoroughly. Next, consider how well you are balanced going into the canter. If you are tight on your horse because of your nerves, this may be making your problem worse.

Try lots of transitions within the trot, going faster then slowing down. A lot of bucking issues are caused because your horse is not moving forward off your leg. This is probably why your trainer can canter him better. Doing the trot transitions should help get him moving forward better, so if he starts to buck you can move him forward out of it.
     
    06-19-2013, 01:01 AM
  #9
Foal
My 5 yr old paint mare use to do that to me last yr. I would lunge her a little longer then normal before I got on, and she still would buck as soon as I asked to lope. So I just kept on asking her to move forward and after a few strides she gave up and would ride as if she didn't do a thing. Took me 3-4 good months of riding her every other day to get her outta that habit. Once you let them get away with it once they keep trying. And that's what happened to me and it took me 3-4 months till she stopped doing it.

Sooner or later your going to have to face your fear and ride him though it. Cuzz the trainer may get him to stop but whos to say he wont stop when you get on since he knows you let him get away with it?
     

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