Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom View Post
Regarding the bucking, when does she do it? Is it in reaction to an aid? Is it when she's doing something in particular? If it's after she's been ridden for a little while, it may be her way of communicating "OK, I want to finish now". Or it could be pain. Does she react when being saddled as well? Does she have any rubs, lumps or sores around the saddle area? Actually, you mentioned her saddle was too narrow - is she still in this one, or in another? Sorry for the thousand questions :)
My horse bucks when he doesn't want to do something, usually either because I've asked something that he doesn't understand (as in, when I stumble across one of his training holes) or when he has a bad memory of a spot and doesn't want to be there. Trick is to get them going forward-forward-forward. If a buck is imminent and forward isn't an option, or he starts backing up, then I turn him in tight circles. After a few of these, I 'open the front door' and he is happy to go forward. But obviously this only really works if the problem's mental and not physical.
She bucks during the ride...or rather....let me clarify....she attempts
to buck during every ride. First ride - she started pinning her ears and hunching her back right away... Second ride - it was a little bit after starting out. Third ride - she went a bit longer...
So far - I have been able to redirect her at the first hint a buck was coming...
until this last ride.
Everything had been going very smoothly - and I figured I must have finally sorted out all the bit / saddle issues. And then she started acting up. I circled...I did a stop/go exercise...and that seemed to help...
And then, for whatever reason - she decided that was IT. She started bucking. I managed to stay on through the bucks (thankfully she didn't go all-out bronco on me) but when she stopped, I got off.
I feel as if getting off after the bucking was the wrong thing - but truthfully, I don't know what would have been the "right thing" at that point, because I haven't been able to figure out the problem.
If it's just her being stubborn - I'm sure I just made it worse by re-inforcing the idea that bad behavior means the ride stops.