Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses View Post
I see this as more a trainers problem rather than the horse. Horses that are allowed to buck, whether on a lunge line, saddling or riding will take advantage of the entire situation. If he bucks in the round pen, and gets away with it, whos to say that the next time you put him up to some challenge under saddle he will try and buck and if he bucks you off, then the horse wins and he sees bucking as a way out of everything. I say get him home as soon as possible, or you could have a real problem on your hands.
I disagree. The horse only wins if you stop fighting. And then that's your fault.
In my experience, horses buck for three, and pretty much only three, reasons. One, they are in pain. Almost always, horses buck when asked to canter and not often at any other time. Cantering can cause even more pain from the saddle, hurt an already sore back, etc etc. They are saying "it hurts."
The second reason I see horses buck is because they are stiff and picking up the canter is just hard. In this situation, you can stop the buck but you won't fix the problem. The problem is lack of flexibility and strength. I find this problem is almost always fixed in trot work, transitions, and circles or loops.
The third reason is the horse just plum feels good when playing in the pasture.
So unless you are actively not addressing the buck, it isn't common for a horse to buck to get out of work. Stopping the buck at the time is a matter of preference, but it doesn't matter if you do or don't if you aren't going to find and fix the root of the problem. The buck is always an expression of something. I have met many horses, ridden a ton, and haven't found many horses that buck just to be naughty. It will only become a problem if the horse is stiff, owner just shuts the buck down, the stiffness never goes away, and the horse gets more stiff or starts to hurt. And once the horse reaches a certain level of pain and discomfort, muscle memory takes over and they assume since they have always hurt when asked to canter, they will still hurt even after it's fixed, and then you have a chronic bucket who needs to be re-taught. Posted via Mobile Device