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post #1 of 12 Old 04-02-2010, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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What to do...???

I just recently got a 7 year old soon to be 8 year old registered paint gelding. He used to be a lesson horse and did jumper shows and some competition trail rides.
Well I was aware that he was a little fast in his canter. But, yesterday I let him canter with the pony in the ring with us too. The pony started his canter then I let Dan go into his canter. Well I gave him some rein and I could tell that he was getting alittle ansty to canter after the pony took off. Well I asked him to canter and it seemed like he got over excited and for got I was on him. He started bucking.. Well then he stopped after he got some bucks in and just stood there like whoa what just happened. Well I did lots of circles with him and flexing and practiced with having the pony walk and trot in front of him.

Well what Im asking is are there any ppl out there that can give me some advise on how I can get him to canter and not act like a young gun who has just been started and have no clue what he is doing???
I would like to get him so when I ask him to canter then canter and so forth.
But over all he is such a GREAT and AMAZING horse to ride!

And NO I was not intemidated by him when he was bucking I just rode him after wards like it never happened!

Thanks so much!! :)
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Bumping!! :)
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-02-2010, 06:39 PM
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hmmm I think all you can do is practice working him around other hroses, srry, that's the best I can think of! And if you can feel him right before he is going to buck, leg yeild his quarters :)

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hmmm I think all you can do is practice working him around other hroses, srry, that's the best I can think of! And if you can feel him right before he is going to buck, leg yeild his quarters :)
Thanks, I didnt even think of leg yeilding him it happened so fast. :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-02-2010, 06:51 PM
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Thanks, I didnt even think of leg yeilding him it happened so fast. :)
haha ya, saying to leg yeild him and being that on the ball are two very different things XD it might take a few times of practice to be that quick :)

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Ask him to canter. If he bucks, immediately bring him back down to the trot, and get him gathered up again. When he is settled in the trot, ask him to canter again. He'll learn that the transitions are a lot harder than just cantering. Just be careful you aren't chasing him into the canter, and that he isn't rushing into it, because it more or less defeats the purpose of the exercise. I've also never seen the point in giving a horse a whack for bucking, I don't think it accomplishes anything. O_O

Oh, and don't forget, if his head is up, he can't buck. =]

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Ask him to canter. If he bucks, immediately bring him back down to the trot, and get him gathered up again. When he is settled in the trot, ask him to canter again. He'll learn that the transitions are a lot harder than just cantering. Just be careful you aren't chasing him into the canter, and that he isn't rushing into it, because it more or less defeats the purpose of the exercise. I've also never seen the point in giving a horse a whack for bucking, I don't think it accomplishes anything. O_O

Oh, and don't forget, if his head is up, he can't buck. =]
ooo that's a good idea! Haha I never even thought of that! *slaps palm to forehead* ya, I would do what riccilOve said!

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Ask him to canter. If he bucks, immediately bring him back down to the trot, and get him gathered up again. When he is settled in the trot, ask him to canter again. He'll learn that the transitions are a lot harder than just cantering. Just be careful you aren't chasing him into the canter, and that he isn't rushing into it, because it more or less defeats the purpose of the exercise. I've also never seen the point in giving a horse a whack for bucking, I don't think it accomplishes anything. O_O

Oh, and don't forget, if his head is up, he can't buck. =]
Thanks I will try this.
I didnt whack him at all I just did some exercises with him with the pony leading and going into a trot and doing the walk. I did this until he got it an settled.

But you said something about him rushing into the canter. Well I noticed that yesterday when I was asking him to canter. It was like when were troting and right before I asked him to canter he went right into it with out me asking him. So I did notice that.

How would I get him to understand that its okay to canter and not get over excited about it. Haha he is a silly boy! :)
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-02-2010, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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ooo that's a good idea! Haha I never even thought of that! *slaps palm to forehead* ya, I would do what riccilOve said!
Yes I am going to try this. But like I said I do feel him rushing him self into the canter and with another horse there leading it just caused him to over react about it.

I have him in a D-Ring Copper Roller snaffle. Should I change his bit??
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I would do a ton of transition work with him from trot to canter, walk to canter, canter to trot, canter to walk, halt to canter, etc.

Time and patience will pay off. Keep working at it.
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