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  • My young horse bucks everytime i try to gallop
  • My horse is so excited in gallops and bucks

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    04-01-2013, 07:54 AM
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Weanling
Horse wants to buck some when trying to gallop

Hey guys I have had my gelding for almost 2 yrs now and really I am much, much more comfortable now than when I first got him and learning alot, wanting to run him some, ect. I never really wanted to run him at first to be honest and just wanted a nice pleasure riding horse. I recently went on a trail ride and saw how some of the guys horses looked and basically they told me in order to get my horses front end muscles to come out he needs to be ridden regularly and worked out. I must agree that last year he really didnt get ridden too much. Probably once a month is how much I rode him last yr with it being maybe twice a month from Jan 2012 to when it started to get hot. Now I will definitely try to ride him at the least twice a month with the goal being once a week. I have noticed in my last 6 times of riding him that when knudging him to make him gallop, he throws his back legs out sometimes as in I guess a mini buck.

Yesterday after about 40 mins of riding him, galloping some , walking, trotting, when I went from a walk to a gallop he bucked a few times and I came off. It didnt at first seem to be harsh enough for me to come off but I did and it wasnt a bad fall or anything, just a slight calf sprain. I tried to hold the reins as I came off but he got loose and went back to the house. I don't have a back strap though I need to get one. I went back to the house which was maybe 100 yds, got him, got back on him and rode some more. I didnt gallop because my buttocks and groin area had just a slight pain. After riding him for about 20 more minutes I lunged him in the area where he bucked. I lunged him in the saddle and bridle for about 10 minutes at a pretty intense pace. He was washed down in sweat when done.

I guess any more pointers you can give me on the bucking will help. I saw the other guys thread but hadnt had time to read it and didnt know what was similiar between my situation and his so I wanted to explain mine.
     
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    04-01-2013, 08:07 AM
  #2
Foal
I would say meybe he just got too much energy... If you are afraid, you can loung him a little in the beginning, even get him into canter, and then you will ride. We had our young mare lounged as well, since she always bucked the first and sometimes the second time she got to canter. And after that she would canter normally, peacefully.
     
    04-01-2013, 08:18 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by shanoona    
I would say meybe he just got too much energy... If you are afraid, you can loung him a little in the beginning, even get him into canter, and then you will ride. We had our young mare lounged as well, since she always bucked the first and sometimes the second time she got to canter. And after that she would canter normally, peacefully.
gotcha. Didn't think about that and that should definitely help. Might even solve all issues as far as him just wanting to be stubborn and try me
     
    04-01-2013, 08:20 AM
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Started
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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    04-01-2013, 08:23 AM
  #5
Green Broke
IMO he isn't being worked enough and may be being worked too hard. Not all horses can be worked once a month for that long with lots of trotting and cantering. Horses need to be kept in shape too and some need to build up to a full workout. Imagine if all the physical activity you did was once a month but when you did it it was for a couple of hours with lots of running - you might not find it so easy!

The bucking could be freshness from lack of work but it could also be a sign of discomfort with the saddle fit. Sometimes horses change shape when they go without much work and what is fine at a walk or trot could be uncomfortable at the canter.

The stubbornness is probably also lack of work. Not all horses retain their manners and training if its not constantly reinforced.

Overall I think more, regular work will help.
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    04-01-2013, 08:37 AM
  #6
Weanling
What the others have said are likely possibilities.

Thought I'd throw in my two cents though - I know a mare who pigroots every single time she goes into a canter, unless you have her trotting at a precise speed when you give the cue to canter. I lunged her once and you could see exactly what speed she needed to transition smoothly. Perhaps your horse is similar.
     
    04-01-2013, 08:37 AM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks guys and let me clarify, I actually was cantering not galloping
     
    04-01-2013, 09:11 AM
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Weanling
Will just normal riding buid muscle or does it need to be some cantering , trotting, galloping as well or a mixture of all?

And will lunging build him up too
     
    04-01-2013, 11:38 AM
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I'm thinking pain may be an issue. I used to have a horse that would crow hop and buck everytime she went into a canter. I got her adjusted by the chiropractor and she never bucked again. I'd rule out pain then you might go a little easier on the training and build him up slower I think your doing too much too fast. But if definitely suggest you get the chiropractor to adjust him.
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    04-01-2013, 09:13 PM
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Weanling
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I'm thinking pain may be an issue. I used to have a horse that would crow hop and buck everytime she went into a canter. I got her adjusted by the chiropractor and she never bucked again. I'd rule out pain then you might go a little easier on the training and build him up slower I think your doing too much too fast. But if definitely suggest you get the chiropractor to adjust him.
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I need to watch some videos and read up on the various types of workout excercises to try and keep him worked out a lil more regularly to build muscle and also to keep him in some sort of shape.

I must say though that I rode him on a 3 hr trail ride 3 wks ago and he wasn't ridden in 3-4 months before that and he didn't act up at all. Maybe being around the other horses made a difference. I trotted, cantered, and galloped as well
     

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