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post #1 of 16 Old 05-09-2012, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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help please with a horse that has never bucked

I will keep this short but I have a 9 year old gelding that has never bucked .I have not rode him in a month but that usually done matter he is always been great in the saddle .But today I done some light ground work and got on him we walked a little and he took off bucking and sent me sailing. Now I am afraid he now knows how to get rid of his rider.what will be my best way to correct this problem?
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-09-2012, 08:45 PM
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Are you sure he doesnt have any pain?
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After you check for pain, and then lunge him at the walk, trot, and canter and then get right back on.

My horse did this the other day. He's 11 and never bucked in his life.. not in pasture, not on the lunge line, and definitely not under saddle.

Just pretend it never happened, so long as there aren't any signs of pain. If there is pain then check saddle fit, teeth, pads, cinch/girth, etc.

Just be careful, if you don't feel comfortable getting back on, then just make him work it out on the ground on the lungeline.

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If this horse has never bucked before, I would think it's pain. He may have gained/lost weight or muscle and your saddle fits differently and hits his shoulder blades. Or he may have something out in his back that is causing him pain. I would check with a saddle fitter & a chiropractor or a vet before assuming it's a training issue.
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Defenently check for pain and saddlefit.
If he does it again, try not to let him get away with it, just work through it and keep at it if possible.

I rode someones horse yesterday who is usually very good, and she decided she wanted to pigroot/buck a few times I just rode through it and pretended it didn't happen after being sure she wasn't in pain.
She had recently been moved into a very luch grass paddock so im thinking sugary grass overload!

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She had recently been moved into a very luch grass paddock so im thinking sugary grass overload!
That's a very good point. All this rich green grass growing in when the horses have been cooped up will definitely spring fourth new behaviors.

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That's a very good point. All this rich green grass growing in when the horses have been cooped up will definitely spring fourth new behaviors.
Yes it does, dad seeded the paddocks and we have been letting it grow and wow energy! :P

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Thanks everybody for your input. I can't go along with the grass theory,simply because we have not had enough cold here to kill the grass plus he has been on rye grass all winter so that is not the issue.

I will have to say that he was very nervous acting for some strange reason.We didn't find anything under his pad or any pain issue so I'm clueless.
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Is a bee sting possible? Or other bug-bite or noise from maybe a snake or something? I've had horses buck after getting stung lots of times.

I had a horse for years, calm yet lots of energy, and one day, out of nowhere, he jumps and starts bucking. Turns out a dog come up behind him in the grass real quiet & I didn't see the dog until the horse starts bucking. I turned that gelding around quick and ran him at the dog.

After that, we chased dogs anytime one came into the pasture, and he never bucked again.
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Thanks everybody for your input. I can't go along with the grass theory,simply because we have not had enough cold here to kill the grass plus he has been on rye grass all winter so that is not the issue.

I will have to say that he was very nervous acting for some strange reason.We didn't find anything under his pad or any pain issue so I'm clueless.
Any changes to his diet and/or living situation/surroundings? And how are the flies there?

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