I have ridden Apollo 5 times in the past 2 weeks and he was doing great. Tonight he was acting anxious and kept circling the mounting block when I was trying to get on and he would NOT stand still and would walk forward or back when I would try to get on. I stayed calm and kept trying. I finally had to call one of my friends in to hold him and he was still being antsy but I finally got on. He had this scary look in his eye, pinned his ears and took off bucking. I flew off over his head onto the ground and he trotted off. I got up brushed off my pants and tried to get back on but he was acting antsy again and kept circling and I knew
he'd throw me off again, he had that look in his eye...I kept calm and I hand walked him around then took off his tack and free lunged him and he took off running, he ran himself for a good 5-10 minutes nonstop, so he didn't get away with not having to work.
I just don't understand why he bucked me off...I've ridden him a couple of times and he was fine and really seemed to enjoy being ridden and was so willing and tried so hard. But today he was like a different horse. I don't know if something was hurting him, if it was because it was dinner time and they were about to do grain, the weather change, built up energy, not being worked in a couple days, I didn't lunge him before? I just don't know...I'm not scared to get back on, I just don't want to hop on again and get bucked off and have him think he can get away with it. Its really hard to stick bucks in an english saddle...
I'd appreciate any advice. In the mean time I'm just going to do more ground work until I figure out whats causing his bucking.