Also, citrus, I will look at that book
HowClever, I feel the same way about the buckstopper. If it's going to keep a bucker from ending up someplace horrible or keep someone safe it's worth the discomfort. It's probably even worth a little pain, kinda like a booster shot!!
I want to give yall a little info about her behavior problems.
My horse bucked me and I broke my arm. It's not a huge problem, I think she just had a spooky moment and I didn't handle it properly. She is pretty spooky. She had never bucked while I was riding before, but in the small pasture (my version of a round pen) she has bucked and kicked and had little temper tantrums when I was making her go around.
I was wondering if that sounds like a spooky problem or a spoiled brat problem (she also has took up pawing at the gate when bathed or saddled, and running from the saddle and saddle pad). I think probably it started as a spooky prob when she bucked me, but figured she could escape or make me leave her alone so she uses it as a problem solver now.
She was only 3 when we got her (green broke) and I think she was just 'forced' to ride, not 'taught' and like monty says, I think she resents the rider. It's not fun for her, and she may have been whipped or something which could be why she bucked and kicked in the round pen....