Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
I'm going to strongly agree with two points that have previously been made:
One rein stop to disengage his heap, I use to ride a pony that loved to buck, because he knew that he too could dump riders. He would also get me off, until I did some research into the one rein stop.
It won't stop them from bucking most times but it takes most of the power away from the buck. Pulling the horse 'up' with both reins isn't always very effective, it gives the horse something to brace against and can make powerful bucks more easy for them.
Whereas, the one rein stop - you have control of his head, they aren't able to 'break away' from you. Make sure that he gives to the bit each way and when he goes to buck, just pull his head around to the side. I usually push them around into a small circle at the same time. Most of the time, this will get them to think about where their feet are instead of bucking.
Also, don't expect him to completely stop bucking after the first time. Because this has become a vice, it will take a while to train it out of him. Just stick with it and you will see results.
Also, the relax comment - my horse, occasionally likes to buck when he's feeling very fresh. He also likes to throw quite big, powerful bucks. When he does do it, I really try to relax and absorb my own weigh in my legs and my seat. Instead of tensing up, which will cause you to simply bounce right off.
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