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post #1 of 14 Old 02-19-2010, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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help my horse has been recently crazy!

Alrighty so my 17.3 wbxtb just started bucking yesturday out of no where... idk where this came from but he did it practically the whole ride... i was riding him in his usual tack that has never gave him an issue and he is complely sound with vet checks often. he did just get put on a weight supplement to help build more muscle i know that this makes him more "hyper" but my trainer says that it probably isnt the reason for the behavior.. any tips on what it could be?? and what i should do to train this out of him.. im am NOT ready to fall off this horse lol
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-19-2010, 05:31 PM
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im am NOT ready to fall off this horse lol

I think you should always be ready to fall off your horse, otherwise you will always be paniking about wheather or not your going to fall off! It is literally inevitable! its bound to happen some time!
Regards to him bucking, I would just ride it out of him! Sit deep in to your saddle for as long as you can! Sit back! and keep calm! my horse does it the odd time too when he gets a bit excited! but I just ride it off! I actually just laugh when he does it now!
I know your trainner said it would not have been the supplements your giving him, but it might just be that! Or mayby it might just be that hes just fresh!
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If he's never done it before he may just be fresh. See if he does it again for your next ride.
Also, it is possible that some part of your tack with irritating him. If everything fits perfectly, maybe the saddle cloth was folded up so there was a pressure spot on his back, maybe the bit was put in a little crookedly so it is pinching the corner of his mouth etc. Was the saddle place correctly behind the shoulder? If you restrict the horses shoulder by putting the saddle over it they can feel trapped and sore, resulting in bucking.

maybe next ride, put him on the lunge for 5 minutes and ask him to really go forward in walk trot and canter and see if he goes to buck on the lunge just to be safe. He is a very big and powerfull horse, you really don't want to come off so its better to be safe than sorry.
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ya i was mainly just making a comment about fallin 6 feet its not exactly my favorite thing lol. I did double check my tack after and everything seemed right. i like the lunging idea though ill be on him again sunday and my trainer will be tommorrow soo will see how it goes :) thanks
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-19-2010, 10:04 PM
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Wow, thee exact thing is happening to me with my tb. He started bucking and crowhopping out of nowhere!! Like one day he was perfect and the next, just soo out of control. But anywho, my trainers took him off the supplements for the time being and I lunge for about a half hour to an hour before I even think of tacking up. Good Luck!! :)

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post #6 of 14 Old 02-21-2010, 05:37 PM
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I think it's just due to being almost spring!! My horse was a goofball today too. It's just that time of year when we all become better riders for awhile just to stay on! Can't say I'd want to fall off a big warmblood either, so just sit tight, relax and attempt to act like nothing's going on. If you feed into his excitement, consider yourself a projectile.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-21-2010, 05:42 PM
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If it's a sudden change.. I would have him checked out for soreness.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-22-2010, 06:21 PM
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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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post #9 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 02:09 PM
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my horse has been nuts too, its because they have been stalled up for a few days, and havent been able to get out side to run and play, because of the weather has been mushy, sloppy here from snow melting, and my trainer doesnt want any broken bones! from horses getting out running and playing, :) i would suggest lunging him for about 10 -20 minutes before u ride to take the edge off then tack up and ride, also dont make a big deal out of bucking or he will realize that u are paying attention to his behavior and keep doing it. he might just be fresh too
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 02:17 PM
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It's definitely spring time!
Linda and I were actually having this discussion yesterday; apparently (this is just from what Linda said, I have no sources - and I might have gotten the name wrong...) Heike Kemmer said once that she won't work a horse that's shedding - they're too distracted and itchy. After seeing Denny on the lunge yesterday, I believe it:
He's usually very calm, especially on the lunge. Once he was under saddle he knew it was time to work, but man did he have some explosions on the lunge.
DressagexLee made a very good post :)

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