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    11-20-2010, 01:34 AM
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Weanling
Starting to get a bad habit when a horse bucks

So typically when a horse bucks, I can ride it out and move them forward or pull them into a one rein stop. But lately, I've been doing this awful thing where I fling my hands upward and lock my legs, so I basically push myself out of the saddle :/ Either that, or when the horse puts its head down, it pulls me out of the saddle and onto their neck/shoulder.

I don't know what the heck caused me to change the way I ride. I guess not riding enough horses that buck? I seem to not be pulling myself down in the saddle like I'm supposed to. I noticed today that I was balancing on the ball of my foot (in my western saddle) instead of my buttbone, and it feels like I'm riding on my tiptoes. When I fixed it and sank down into my seat, my back actually popped! What the heck?

Any clue what I can do to fix this?
     
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    11-20-2010, 05:53 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Do you ride a lot of bucking horses? I think that you will fix this on your own by being conscious of where your body is. It sounds like you know what is wrong and if you stay focused on where you parts should be, it will fix itself. This is just my opinion. :)
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    11-20-2010, 06:25 AM
  #3
Trained
Why not just fix the horses so they don't buck? I have started alot of horses and fixed more that were spoiled and messed up and I rarely have one that bucks while I'm riding it. I don't allow any bucking whenever I'm handling them rather they are in the round pen on a line or 20 miles from home. It sounds like you already know what to fix about your seat.
     
    11-20-2010, 08:11 AM
  #4
Yearling
Try to remember to keep your heels down and keep as much balance as possible. Never draw your legs up and get tense, it will throw you off balance and you will basically bounce yourself right out of the saddle.

Kevin, how do you handle a bucking horse while in the saddle? I love hearing others training methods.
     
    11-20-2010, 05:36 PM
  #5
Foal
I agree with kevins.. why are you riding bucking horses so often?? Horses can be dead green but still learn quickly not to buck. You should start there instead of planning on how to ride the buck lol
     
    11-20-2010, 05:56 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by lacyloo    

Kevin, how do you handle a bucking horse while in the saddle? I love hearing others training methods.
More often than not I pick myself up off the ground, catch the horse and try to figure out what caused it to need to buck and then fix it. If I have to ride a horse that wants to buck and will give me some warning I work to keep them bent and gathered up so they can't get a big jump on me.
     
    11-20-2010, 08:09 PM
  #7
Weanling
It's not really just bucking I suppose, I guess whenever a horse acts up at all. And it's not horses I train myself; I'm generalizing. I've never had a horse I started (ground up) buck me, but I've had horses that were sent to me buck and sometimes there's nothing on the ground you can do to fix it. I'd typically ride it out, keep them moving forward, but I am not balancing myself correctly and I'm riding differently than I used to; I don't think I'd be able to ride out a fitty horse ... I don't understand what's causing me to "lose my touch" I guess.
     
    11-21-2010, 01:34 AM
  #8
Yearling
Sounds like you are not riding with the horse but either ahead or behind it…try riding a horse that you trust without stirrups for a while to get back the feel of what right feels like.

Good luck.
     
    11-21-2010, 05:36 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Good idea Horse Poor. How old are you? Do you use the one rein stop at all? Do you lunge before you get on? I think most greenies buck because their ground work was not done properly or slow enough.
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    11-21-2010, 12:09 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by mbender    
Good idea Horse Poor. How old are you? Do you use the one rein stop at all? Do you lunge before you get on? I think most greenies buck because their ground work was not done properly or slow enough.
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Did you read the entire OP or the other posts?

Yes I use the one rein stop. And I'm not talking about "greenies" I'm talking about horses in general. Every horse can throw a buck out every now and then, or act up. Sometimes there's nothing that can prevent it. My issue isn't the horses, it's myself. What frustrates me is that I was never like this before. It's like my seat disappeared! I feel like I'm barely 2-pointing all the time, with my butt barely touching the saddle. Like I'm afraid to sit down. I don't know how to explain it ... Will try to get videos. I suppose I should have posted this in another sub-forum, but I was unsure of where to do so. Also, why do you need to know my age?

Horse Poor - very good advice. That's probably exactly what I need to do. Thank you!
     

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