Wanting to buck at the canter?
I'm working with a new horse, Skipper; a ~16hh QH gelding who we think is around 7 years old. He was previously used as a mountain pack and trail horse for hunting.
Occasionally when I go to ask for a canter, he will pin his ears, throw his head down and arch up. He doesn't actually throw a legitimate buck, but acts like he wants to. Actually, he did it in the middle of a canter today as well. He'll do that, then try to stop. He doesn't act as if he is in pain, so I rode him through it and ended on a good note, with a nice forward willing canter, ears soft and no offer to buck.
It doesn't matter whether we are bareback, under saddle (which does fit properly), bitted or bitless. It's not every ride either, only sometimes.
Its been a very long time since I've ridden a horse that does that, and I had a trainer instructing me the whole way. Did I do the right thing? What can I do to work this behavior out of him? If I should do groundwork for a while I'm more than willing, however he lunges perfectly (I did it before riding today for a few minutes) and joins up, licking and chewing, very quickly. He also gives to pressure, backs up, respects your space, and is generally very well mannered all around on the ground.
Any suggestions are very welcome. Thank you.
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Last edited by Ne0n Zero; 07-13-2013 at 10:01 PM.