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post #1 of 8 Old 02-12-2009, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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bucking after jump, should I be concerned?

I lunged Montana over a small vertical yesterday. It was between 10-12". I only asked him to jump over it 2-4 times. The first few times he went over it, he went up to it trotting and when he landed he would break into a canter and then proceed to buck, jump in the air and act like a doof.
When he did finally jump it and land in a canter and didn't do any doofy stuff, I rewarded him and ended the lesson.

Before hand I did warm him up at the walk/trot in both directions. Going to the right he did act up a tiny bit,but I immediately corrected him. (It was also the first warm day in a while so that could have played into it)

Anyway, the point of this post was, should I be concerned that he acted out like he did when he went over a jump?
I do know he was previously jumped and I was hoping to jump him in the spring/summer, but obviously this bucking this is going to put a slight damper on that.

Any advice would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-13-2009, 12:12 AM
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Well I dont know much but I do know that a couple of horses i have ridden bucked or kicked out after a fence at the beginning of the jumping warm-up sometimes at other fences, but they did it because the felt good, were excited to jump. I would be concerned if he did it with you on him. Hopefully someone else with more knowledge will post somehting! Good luck with it!

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-13-2009, 02:33 AM
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I wouldn't be concerned, it sounds like he was just getting some energy out. If he did it while you were on it could have been out of annoyance or pain but since you were just lunging he's probably just excited.

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A horse that reacts like this normally means he is enjoying the work more like a bit of fun than dirt but if riding him and he does it after a fence just keep your hands up and push him on. When schooling young or mischeivous horses over fences I always want the horse moving forward away from the fence.

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thanks for the advice!
I haven't jumped him with me on because 1. it was still icy/snowy out 2. I knew he had jumped before but he lost a lot of muscle so I wanted to build it up

I'll keep lunging him over jumps and see how he progresses. Hopefully he'll settle down.
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If he does it while you're riding him, you should call for a Chiropractor, just in case it has something to do with his spine.
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My horse started putting his head down like he was going to buck after we jumped and I had a chiro come out and he hasn't done it since
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-15-2009, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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he wasn't just putting his head down, and after we did it a few times, he settled down.
It could have just been that he was enjoying himself and letting me know.
I'll keep an eye on it and if it happens again, I'll be sure to call out a chiro.
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