Opinions on why he is bucking... Very long!
Ok. I bought my present horse Bunday about 4/5 months ago. He came from a lady who taught natural horsemanship. (PLEASE note, this is not a stab at natural horsemanship, just this particular persons training method or whatever she did with this horse) He was horribly obese, had fatty lumps on his belly. This lady had done heaps of groundwork, i.e. roundpenning, desensitizing, swining that carrot stick thing all over him, etc. She did about an hours groundwork before she rode, EVERY time. When he was ridden, he was ridden ion the buckle of the reins in the arena, and never asked to do anything more than go as slow as he could at the walk trot and canter with his nose on the ground. Although much more was hard for him due to the weight he was carrying.
S, I bought him as I felt the potential underneath. I conditioned him and started riding every day, gradually getting the weight off him and teaching him hwo to go forward. I did NO arena work, just trails and pony club. At first, everytime I would ask him to canter he would buck. I would correct it and continue on, not letting him get out of work. I figured it was because it was hard work for him with so much weight, and he was simply saying I don't want to do this.
He eventually lost all the weight, and figured out he would travel forward, and actually started to enjoy riding. The bucking lessened but did not go away. he would onyl do it when I asked for canter or if I let him stretch out into a gallop. I would pull him out of the buck and keep on what I was doing, so he has never had bucking as a successful way to get out of work.
This was about 2 months after I got him. I then got the chiro out to see if it was a pain problem, and yes his shoulder was out and carried through his back to his rump. This was fixed with about 3 visits and 2 months off work, putting all the weight back on. I got his saddle re-fitted also, and brought him back into work.
The first ride, he was a bronc the whole time. I was only in a halter and leadrope but I managed to keep his head up most fot he time, but nearly every stride was attempting to buck. I figured he was finally feeling good and was testing it out. Nest ride was tons better, and he got better form then on in, going for about a month with no bucking, or only rare attempts. I had a week off from riding as I had to look after my mum who came out of hospital. I rode him on a saturday and he did his little bronc impression when I let him stretch into a gallop, but I pulled him out of it and he didn't buck again. I had a sporting comp the next day, and he bucked through the first two races, barrels and clover leaf, which he has never done, then settled in and was a star for the rest of the day.
So. I can't figure out why he is bucking. He is finally enjoying his work, he is fit and can go forward happily. I mostly train on the trails and keep things new so it shouldn't be boredom. It has never been an escape from work, and I have never come off. He has had the chiropractor and the saddle fitter out.
Any thoughts? Or is it just him having his moments?