Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Regardless, you should get him vetted again, or at least do a full body check yourself. Soundness issues don't just happen in time for your next vetting, it could be the day after that a muscle begins to tighten, or that a vertibrae goes out of alignment when the saddle is placed wrong. It could even be a fracture.
It could've also been badly placed tack, like Kayty said. I remember one time when I didn't tuck a horse's forelock under her browband and she threw her head around for the entire ride because it was itchy.
That said, I'm also sure the weather might have something to do with horses acting unorthodox. It's starting to warm-up for spring here already, and I'm serious when I say that absolutely every horse at the barn is going insane. Mares are going in and out of heat, geldings are acting like they have no other passion than to dance and buck and raise hell; I swear that everyone's brains have sprouted wings and flown south.
Even if it isn't the weather, sometimes horses just feel like showing off and being a little silly.
Increasing turn-out time is a good idea if your horse is stalled. If you can't, find ways to variate his routine; go hacking (permitted that it's safe to), find more challenging exercises for him, set up poles to work over, even free lunge in a large space if you are allowed.
When he does buck, don't make a big deal out of it. Ride forward; squeeze hard with your legs as if saying, "You wanna go? Let's go!" He wants to get energy out, so give him somewhere to be! Get him in front of your leg and pushing forward from behind. Punishments like hitting him with a crop, stopping and backing up, or getting angry will only bottle him up and make him more explosive. He might even revert to other things, such as rearing or throwing even bigger, angrier bucks.
When my horses buck (which is rare) I like to think, "I'm a strong, german dressage rider and this pitiful fit of crowhops is no match for my six-pack!" It helps being humourous about it.
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Last edited by dressagexlee; 02-22-2010 at 07:25 PM.