Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
My six year old gelding bucks when he is kicked at a run. It was shocking when he did it, because my mare can be kicked and kicked and kicked when she's running and she does nothing.
Some horses prefer it if you ride differently than you are used to. Well, I'll use my two for examples...
My mare knows that a kick to the sides and a yell of the word "Hike!" means to go as fast as she can, give it her all, etc... She doesn't mind being kicked at all, and I can ride her at a run with a lot of motion (swinging the reins up her neck and back down with my mar motions, kicking her, moving in the saddle to encourage her, etc...).
However, my gelding, is much different. He hates to be kicked and will buck when he's running and I kick him. He prefers for me to sit very still and not encourage him with movements. If I kick him while he's running and he doesn't buck, he will show his displeasure by slowing down to a canter or trot and ignore my urges to go faster. He will, though, give it his all if I stay perfectly still on his back, lean forwards very slightly, and click or kiss to him. That's how he knows to go full tilt into a run, and that's what he likes.
Some horses just prefer different things. I would experiment and find out what types of cues your horse prefers.
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