Help! Bucking when I ask to canter?
My horse is a 12yo QH who I've owned for the last two years. I had a family emergency earlier this year, so I asked someone to look after him and his pasture buddy. I resumed riding and caring for him three weeks ago, though I can only ride bareback, due to a child ruining my saddle. :(
Anyways, I was riding yesterday, and he was doing perfectly until I asked him to canter, and he started bucking. I pulled his head up and rode through it, but it's very inconvenient after not riding for a while, and having to do it bareback. I got off, and started lunging him, he did pretty well, had a little buck but barely anything. Got back on and he resumed bucking.
What should I do?
Maybe something somewhere hurts him? Maybe back sore? Hock Sore?
Was he bucking on the lunge too?
When you got back on was he fun w/t then bucking at canter?
Have you been cantering him since he came back in to work?
Has he ever shown any behaviour like this previously?
My first thought is he could be sore. Horses are idiots and more then capable of pulling a muscle in the paddock.
He could also just be feeling fresh and being excited if this is the first canter you've had.
His back could be getting a bit sore too depending on how much bareback you're doing and a whole host of other factors. You could try a puffy saddle blanket with surcingle to cushion.
Maybe a combination of things - were you using a bareback riding pad? Was he possibly being "Buddy/Pasture Sour?" Does he normally "act up" after not being ridden for a while? Nonetheless, he's a horse, and is going to want to exhibit horse behavior as I know mine do from time to time! Go with your instincts, and continue to be in tune with what the horse is thinking - best of luck :)
I rubbed him all over trying to find soreness, I'm pretty sure he isn't. I remember him acting like he was sore last year and this isn't it.
He bucked a little in the lunge, and tried to swing his hindquarters around to kick me. After I got back on, yes he was fine with everything but the canter. He's always been super sweet to ride, so I'm thinking this might be something the horse-sitter did? Or maybe just him being a brat.
Different soreness shows differently.
Do you have a pad or anything for cushioning?
Was the horsesitter riding?
Is it just one buck and then fine, or is he trying to get you off? I think that'd be a big help to know whether it's pain related. If he kept bucking, I'd bet he's either sore or something happened to make him dislike it. I'd be curious to see how he went in a canter with a saddle, whether it's connected to the bareback factor...
Maybe it's just that he doesn't want to exert that much energy, that's why he bucks when he lunges too? I've had his back checked out so I know it isn't a physical problem.
I'm curious to how he'd act in the saddle as well.
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