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post #1 of 9 Old 07-10-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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VIDEO - Update on 'the bucker'

Sup HF!

Been awhile since I posted much of anything -- been out in the hills living with sticks in my beard and howling @ the moon.

Some may remember this horse as the one that was bucking people off and just happened to do it to me too while the camera was rolling last summer - which was an epic moment! In the ensuing year we've worked to build his confidence at his own pace, utilizing mostly groundwork with some riding where it seemed appropriate. I also felt that I needed more work on myself to be able to ride him in such a way to start developing him beyond the point of 'just stop bucking'. I decided to go with the Californio style and start him in the hackamore, because of that style's emphasis on taking as long as it takes. I doubt I'll be selling this guy anytime soon, after telling everyone about the bucking!!! :]

The reason I'm putting this up is to show what can be accomplished when a person decides to take the time it takes and approach a 'problem horse' with the idea in mind that the great challenge is not in changing the horse but in the working on and development of your own knowledge, awareness and skills. That's when things started to change for the better, for me. I don't say that I've accomplished what I want to - still consider myself very much a student and I believe that that's probably the best approach for learning. However, I am quite pleased with the progress we've made!

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-10-2013, 01:03 PM
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There is no need to pet him as often as you do unless it's assuring to your. Every time you reach over to pet him look at how your weight moves in the saddle. As he's moving you are looking here and there and you need to look ahead at where you are going. I'm afraid this horse is bored to tears and he's tolerating you when he choses. You need someone to teach you how to correctly engage your legs. Invest in a couple of riding lessons with a good coach. It will go a long way to helping you with this horse.
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There is no need to pet him as often as you do unless it's assuring to your. Every time you reach over to pet him look at how your weight moves in the saddle. As he's moving you are looking here and there and you need to look ahead at where you are going. I'm afraid this horse is bored to tears and he's tolerating you when he choses. You need someone to teach you how to correctly engage your legs. Invest in a couple of riding lessons with a good coach. It will go a long way to helping you with this horse.
Petting -does- reassure the rider, and the horse too. It's a good thing. An excellent technique, actually! I don't think it's possible to do too much - if anything I probably don't do it enough. A little shifting around in the saddle is okay too - he needs to get used to that. When he moves forward more freely I'm encouraging that life to go forward by getting out of its way. Often times, I'm doing a lot of work because he's thinking of disengaging the hindquarters as I taught him in the first few rides. Which was to get past the bucking. So he's thinking 'shut down' and I'm telling him that he can go forward and be directed at the same time. It's a new concept for him, which is why I love these short little 15-minute rides. Keeps 'em from getting fed up and shutting down. Looking around a bit isn't much of a problem; if you were in a group, in town, or working in a herd you'd want to be able to look around and see what's around your horse.

Can you be more specific on 'correctly engaging my legs'? That seems like one of those things that can mean many different things depending on who you ask.

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I'm not certain if you are looking for pointers or not but I'm glad you are happy.
Did you shave your dog- very cute!
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lul thanks. Also, wat? Shave my dog?

I'm not really specifically looking for anything. Pointers, praise, love it, hate it, I'm just putting it out there. Trying to learn more through watching myself and through the perspectives of others. I take all the feedback into consideration.
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lul thanks. Also, wat? Shave my dog?

I'm not really specifically looking for anything. Pointers, praise, love it, hate it, I'm just putting it out there. Trying to learn more through watching myself and through the perspectives of others. I take all the feedback into consideration.
LOL, yes, your dog looks like he/she had a summer clip.
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LOL, yes, your dog looks like he/she had a summer clip.
It's called shedding. The evidence is all over my apartment/car/clothes/life if you'd care to see. =P
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I love training with a hackamore. See how soft he gets as the ride continues? Notice that he actually chews sometimes as if he had a bit (which says the hackamore is working the way it ought to). The petting is OK. You are making progress and reading the horse. He is blinkin' an' thinkin' and what looks like not much is actually quite a lot.

Nice horse. Nice work. So many rush it.. (maybe why he started to buck in the first place.. tho some horses do find it fun).

Of course it was fun for us to see you bucked off mostly because it wasn't one of us. ;)
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I love training with a hackamore. See how soft he gets as the ride continues? Notice that he actually chews sometimes as if he had a bit (which says the hackamore is working the way it ought to). The petting is OK. You are making progress and reading the horse. He is blinkin' an' thinkin' and what looks like not much is actually quite a lot.

Nice horse. Nice work. So many rush it.. (maybe why he started to buck in the first place.. tho some horses do find it fun).

Of course it was fun for us to see you bucked off mostly because it wasn't one of us. ;)
I knew there'd be someone here who can see what I see! :)
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