Why does he buck in canter?

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    08-05-2010, 03:58 PM
Why does he buck in canter?

When I am riding Aj he ges loverly andis a nice ride untill you canter, I rode him yesterday I cantered him for 3 seconds he bucked,bucked and bucked and I went over and landed really funny, couldnt breath and nearly broke my kneck, he was doing great but know he is goin back to his old ways.
Any help, apart from sugesting a trainer
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    08-05-2010, 05:00 PM
As much as I dislike when people post this constantly, is he in pain? As you say, he's nice until canter, and I'm assuming he used to be better...maybe the saddle's bothering him, or something to do with the tack or soreness?
    08-05-2010, 05:14 PM
Green Broke
Always suspect pain before you suspect misbehavior. He's older, isn't he? Have his teeth been checked?
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    08-05-2010, 06:35 PM
He is fine cantering on lunge with the saddle, he's fine long reining, everything, but even his old owner told me he bombs off and gets too exited apperantly but I don't think its him getting exited I have cheked his saddle and he had a vet chek about 1 and a half months ago, does he need another?
    08-05-2010, 06:41 PM
He might need another vet check. He could've fallen in the field or pulled some muscles or something after your last one. Does he have any heat or swelling anywhere? Is his back tender when you touch him? Maybe his teeth are bothering him?
    08-05-2010, 06:54 PM
Green Broke
Did the vet check his teeth when he/she came out? Also, if you have a professional saddle fitter it would be great to get one to check your tack. I wish I was lucky enough to have a fitter nearby. Anyway....if it's determined that it's for certain not pain, then the best thing you can do is try your best to stay on during his next fit. A lot of times it only takes their "plan" failing once or twice for them to stop pulling it. I've only dealt with a few persistent buckers, and when they would get into their fits I would just circle, circle, circle. As soon as I would feel their head reach down, I would crank that head to my thigh, circle, then release the rein and continue like nothing had happened. If they do it again, nose to thigh and circle. Eventually they got the message.
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    08-05-2010, 08:26 PM
Is he out of shape? He could having difficulties getting into the canter with the added weight of a rider.
    08-05-2010, 08:50 PM
Green Broke
My 6-year-old does that sometimes when she doesn't want to run. She's usually fine, but last week at gymkhanna she kept humping her back when asked to lope & finally had a little exposion. I managed to stay on (gawd knows how! Both feet out of the stirrups n hanging on the side!lol) and got her circling. Then I made her run back & forth up the field near the arena a good five times n then went & did are pole run lol. She was fine after she had her little tantrum.
My other Arab however used to buck whenever we started cantering as well. Her previous owners (who tried riding her english) sold her because of this. THey said they'd tried everything; new saddle, accupuncture, massages, floating her teeth & nothing worked.
She doesn't do it anymore because I found the problem. She doesn't like the contact with her mouth (which is probably why she didnt take very well to their style of riding). If you try to hold her in, she throws a fit, but if you let her out on a loose rein & only add pressure when you need her to slow down or turn, she's perfect. ;)
    08-05-2010, 09:14 PM
PLEASE get your saddle fit checked and re-checked.

My current show horse Bundy was sold as he used to buck. The owner didn't check saddle fit. The only reason he was bucking is because it HURT. He now has a lot of permanent damage to his back and he still uses bucking as an alternative when he is uncomfortable.

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