Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
First off, good for you on getting back on.
Second off, you're going to wanna check for pain anywhere. Saddle fit, how you ride his canter/gallop, etc. You could accidently be popping him in the mouth, slamming down on his back, etc.
If you're worried about your hands, try finding a straight away and running him on a loose rein. If he's still bucking you have to now look at your seat, saddle fit, back/hind end pain, or he could just be bucking out of excitement, I know my old horse use to buck if I held her at a canter and she wanted to gallop (down a dirt road or through the hay field paths).
To check his back for pain you can simply run your finger and thumb down the sides of his spine with some pressure. If he flinches anywhere, he may be sore or have a vertebrae out. I'd get a chiro for him if he flinches and see how that goes.
Unless his saddle doesn't fit..That you should be able to tell from even sweat marks and if you know how to fit a saddle. If not, get a saddle fitter out to check for you.
Lastly, if everything fits, your riding is fine, and there's no pain anywhere..You're left with either an excited horse or a naughty one. In which case, either you need to be able to ride it out or find someone who can.
Also..try not to hold onto the reins when you're at a canter/gallop and come off. You're going to either get dragged, get your rotator cuff torn (I held onto a rearing horse's halter), or beat up your horse's mouth/nose pretty bad. Not something you want. If you know the horse is going back to the barn or you're in an arena, letting them go is best.
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