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post #1 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation my horse bucks when i try to run him

today i rode my horse and i tried to run him but he stared bucking and bucked me off.... how can a teach him not to do this and get him to run.
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post #2 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 04:49 PM
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Have you had his teeth, saddle and back checked?

How old is the horse and how long is he in training?

What is your experience training/riding horses?
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post #3 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 05:02 PM
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i agree with duffy check the tack. that usually is the main factor for the buck enless the horse is green
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post #4 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 05:12 PM
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I have to say I agree with checking tack and everything.

I had a mare I was asked to work with who apparently was a bronc with anything past a relaxing trail ride with a rider just sitting there. We only had a few little bucks, but I never got a bronc ride out of her. I treated her (a very green 5 yr old) the same as I would any horse I wasn't previously partnered/regularly riding. I did walk/trot/canter on her and we were good to go with no bucks, and even very little attitude after letting her know my first and second rides that I was calling the shots and I expected her to listen, and that she would eventually do what I requested. I was much more experienced than the woman that was originally riding her, and either it was her horrible seat (that slammed down on her back every stride) or the fact that this mare realised that she could have a bronc fit with this rider (even without getting her off, but her retreating and tippy-toeing around everything afterwards), but knew that I would correct even the small things that were blatantly obvious leading up to the bucking.

I guess I've rambled a bit, but my basic points were that it could be the tack, your riding, or your experience level. I don't know how you ride or how experienced you are, so I can't say that it probably is one of those, but I will say that checking all the tack would be a great place to start. :p
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post #5 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 05:15 PM
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How do you ask this horse to "run" ? And which gait are you trying to get.. a trot, a canter, a gallop?
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post #6 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 06:16 PM
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Did you lunge or otherwise warm your horse up before you decided to run?
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post #7 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 06:31 PM
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Well before you can stop the problem, you have to find out why your horse is doing this. There are 3 reasons he could be doing this:
1) Pain.
2) Too much energy.
3) Lack of training.

First have a vet check him out and make sure he's not in any pain, and he's sound. Second, you should either teach you horse the one rein stop, or get a trainer to help you. The one rein stop has really helped my horse when he decided he didn't want to stop, or he didn't want to back up and decided to try and rear instead. Whatever you do, if this gets dangerous, please call a trainer.
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I am guaranteeing that almost 90% of the time bucking will be caused from: 1) Ill fitting tack, tooth pain, lameness, or sore spots, or possibly if he had ever been abused he may associate running with pain, so by bucking he is trying to escape the pain he feels in his head. Or, 2) A horse that hasn't got a good foundation in training, or hasn't had to much time being trained, or has had a bad trainer. 3) THE RIDER. Most likely this will be the cause.

The remaining 10% may be simply the horse. My OTTB had a bad bucking problem, ugh, I tried everything but as soon as this horse started respecting me, and trusting me, the bucking disappeared. He had used his energy for bucking, now I give him a job when he has energy welling up in him like a fountain. I go over grids if I feel he is about to explode. Give your horse a JOB, dont just randomly run and lope through pastures all the time.

Anyhow, I am assuming its the RIDER.

If you are confusing him by telling him to run, by kicking him and unconsciously pulling back on the reins he will get confused. But IMO, most likely he needs to go back to the basics of training. I think you are rushing him to fast. Establish walking in lead, and trotting in lead, and then walking, trotting, loping in saddle until you have complete control over him, and then, and only then maybe attempt running.

You cant expect your horse to behave perfectly if his ground training basics arent in place.

Dont be the rider who gallops all night and never stops to think of their horse, or how THEY are riding.

My 2 cents anyway.
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post #9 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 08:48 PM
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My old gelding did this and he was out in his back. Because his tack was fit to him and yes it was his back after i had the chiropractor come out.
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post #10 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Legend View Post

Dont be the rider who gallops all night and never stops to think of their horse, or how THEY are riding.
That is exactly what my horse's old owners did, they didn't ride often, but when they did they galloped through fields...I had to practically reprogram my horse when I got him, because all he would do was run! *sigh* Some people just have no idea...
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