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post #1 of 5 Old 10-02-2010, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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How do I get my new horse to stop bucking?

I've only had my new horse for about 1 month. Until today I have only walked with him. Today when I asked him to trot he pinned his ears and started swishing his tail. He also started trying to drop his head a lot. I kept pulling his head up over and over and kicking him forward. He still would not trot so I got my savvy string and asked him again this time giving him a smack on his but. He bucked. I asked him again and he bucked again. The lady i bought him from is helping me work with him. She says he's just testing me. She got into the middle of the round pen and when I asked him to trot she urged him on with her stick. It felt ok..he would not stick to the rail but I felt like he was not doing it for me he was doing it for her. About 15 minutes later she left the round pin and wanted me to try and ask him again. So I asked him to trot and againg he didn't listen. When I took my string and gave him a smack He finally bucked me all the way off. This was the first time I have ever been bucked off. I knew I had to get back on so I did but Im frustrated. My friend got back in the round pen and made him trot again and I was fine ridding him but I want him to do it for me. Any suggestions? What could I be doing wrong?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-02-2010, 03:31 AM
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You're approaching the situation well, does he trot when lunging would be my first question though?? Next question if he does, how's the saddle fit? Are there any pinching points by any chance?? Alright from there it's a training issue and possibly just a I don't want to issue. When he does it what I would do is make him spin. When you start feeling him tense up to buck one rein stop him and make him spin. I just used this technique with a bucking horse that no one else could ride. She had bucked off four people in the last month and no one could hold on. After spinning ask right away for a trot again. If he goes into a trot tell him good boy, rub his neck, and take it back to a walk and let him relax. Wait a couple minutes and repeat...
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-02-2010, 12:55 PM
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If I were you, I would lunge him myself in the round pen. Get him to trot for you on the ground. It seems since he listens to her, and not you, you need a better bond with him and show him you are the leader.

If he gets aggitated when asked to trot, perhaps it is him being lazy but also there might be another cause. What kind of bit are you using on him? Do you tense up when you ask for a trot? Do you tighten the reins and grip to him for dear life? Was he previously smacked or kicked? Are you using spurs?

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-02-2010, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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I've bee lunging him almost every day in the round pen for about a month. When I ask him to trot he will. He tries to change gates a lot slower or faster but I always correct him. When I ask him to trot in the saddle I give him a kick and then started posting to try and push him forward. I've never been one to hold a tight rein and grip in fact the lady thats helping me learn always tells me I need to tighten my rein. No I do not use spurs. I checked the saddle it fits him well and I bought him one of those nice saddle pads the air ride one. as for his bit Im not to bit savvy but I think it would be considered a snaffle. It has big rings on each side where hs cheeks are. I really think its a I don't want to issue. Today I'm going to try what Mlipanoga suggested about when he tences up to buck I'll make him give his head and turn in circles.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-02-2010, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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one other thing... when im lunging him and ask him to trot or canter a lot of times he tries to face me off or close in on his circle. When he does this I don't back up I just point the direction I want him to go and swing my stick. he always listens but he tosses his head a lot.
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