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post #1 of 3 Old 01-26-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question My horse won't accept the whip under saddle!

Hey, so my gelding is fine on the ground w/ lunging and tapping w/ both a lunge whip and regular whip but if i dare to get on and correct him while im in the saddle, he pins his ears and tries to buck! Is he just being ornery? What are some tips to get him to accept the crop while im on him?

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-26-2011, 05:16 PM
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A lot of horses buck when you whip their behinds. I know at least 5 horses/ponies including a schooling pony who does it. Not sure what to do about it though.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-26-2011, 05:20 PM
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He might be acting ornery but it sounds to me like he might not have enough confidence and respect of it while in the saddle. If it were me, once up in the saddle, I would spend quite a bit of time rubbing your horse all over with the whip/crop. If he wants to move aware because he is scared of it, tighten up just one rein so he goes in a circle. Keep rubbing it all over him until he stops moving. If he's wanting to buck, you have to stop him before he does it and if you're a decent enough rider, you can sense when a horse is about to buck. Prevent him by already having one of your reins shorter than the other so his nose is already a 45 degree angle to the side or shorter. Once he stops moving, you can stop rubbing him with the whip or pat him while you're rubbing him.

I would keep doing this over and over until he accepts the whip. Once he's past this and you can move forward--walk, trot, canter--and when its needed to discipline him with the whip, rub him in that same spot with the whip.

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