Originally Posted by Elizabethan87
So, I've trained my horse from the ground up and he is amazing... Very light in the mouth, rides in a hackamore, not spooky, well mannered and sensitive. With that being said... I sent him to a trainer to do some light finishing touches on him, thing I was getting to frustrated to do because of my lack of patience... Well. I went to go visit him after he'd been there almost 3 weeks, and she had him in the round pen and asked him to canter, he started bucking like crazy for at least 5 minutes straight. Would not stop. And she just let it happen. Just stood there waiting for him to get it out of his system! This is something he NEVER did before. He knows that when I am in his area, those feet don't come off the ground. Should I pull him out and bring him home??? I'm appalled she let him act this way with her in the pen with him, when I work with him and he brings those feet off the ground, I crack him on the butt with the whip! And he stops. That is a dangerous behavior, and can kill me or my children when he gets home!!!
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You said that he never bucked but yet you crack him for bringing his feet off the ground. Obviously at some point he has done it otherwise you wouldn't of had to reprimand him for his feet coming off the ground?
If he has, obviously you have kept in somewhat under control by reprimanding him and keeping him moving. Like others have said horses buck for certain reasons and knowing that reason is the key to fixing it.
Did you always gyp him around in a pen before getting on? I assumed your horse was a little older and further along in his training since you sent him for finishing rather than starting. If your trainer has been riding him and he was sent to simply finish she really shouldn't feel the need to gyp him before getting on, in my opinion. I think there is some information missing.
Also bucking for that long is not common, a horse has to be some kind of pissed, scared or hurting to buck for that length of time.