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oopsies! shoud have...
so me and my friend went out on a brief trail ride. at the very beginning i must not have been paying attention b/c my horse threw one buck and i was off, but successfully landed on my feet :D instead of punishing my horse i.....patted him! lol! told him that everything was okay! :shock: thats just me, so my friend is like "dont pat him, punish him!" it was pretty funny but i felt stupid! i just dont like punishing my boy...thats just me. i know i should have and next time i will but what would you have done in this situation? (plus i think i may have caught w/ my heel in a weird way who knows?!?!) my friend/trainer for others person said to spin him in a circle and kick hard with my outside leg. what would you have done? thx in adv. =]
Uless you punish a horse in the first three seconds after it happens they don't connect it so I think you did the right thing. Whenever I hit the ground I try to laugh it off, calm my orse down, get back on and prevent it from happening again. Pay more attention to your horse and get her leg yeilding and breaking at the poll and you will have much less problems but once she's commited to buck your probably going to have to wait untill it's over to start correcting things.
^^ Agree for the most part, don't punish them after the whole thing is over because then they won't know what you are punishing them for. Just be glad you're okay, get back on, and ride more vigilantly. The most important thing IMHO, when a horse starts to buck is to tighten one rein and bend their neck around to one side. It won't stop them from bucking but it will take most of the power out of it and most people can ride one out like that. The worst possible reaction is to take up both reins and start pulling. That gives them something to brace against and actually makes bucking hard easier for them like the saddle broncs in the rodeos. I also prefer to use the inside leg instead of the outside because the inside gets them to yield their hindquarters and if they are crossing their hind legs like they should be, it makes it almost impossible to buck. When you feel him start to bow up, just do this and make him turn several circles (how many depends on each individual horse) and then continue your ride from the circle. Don't stop after you turn him around, just circle him and then walk him out from the circle and on down the trail. :D This has always worked for the buckers I have ridden.
lol maybe you should take up trick riding
I agree. By the time you pick yourself up from the ground the horse doesn't necessarily connect anything with the buck. However, by being nice to him you are encouraging him to stay with you if/when you fall off. In this case you were very quick to be at his head, but still, the time to deal with a buck is when you are on top, not on the ground LOL
And, ya, everyone call tell you what to do in a buck, but since you weren't paying attention, it doesn't sound like you would have had the chance on this occasion. If you have the opportunity, yes circles will limit the buck because it will throw him off balance. Keep your weight back and low.
thanks for the advice guys! yeah later he started to get excited again and i caught him that time =] well good...im glad i did it right :D lol! i do agree i need to be a little bit harder on my guy because it can get dangerous, it wont hurt him blah blah blah etc. lol! im aware of this! its just that adorable face, big blue eyes, how can you punish that!?!?!
If you are already on the ground, it usually too late too punish. That's also a great way to teach your horse to run from you if you fall (not fun if you are far from home)
when you guys say it teaches your horse to run from you when you fall, do you mean if you punish them? if thats what you mean thats a good point =] i have never really punished my horse when i fell off and i dont think hes ever really ran away from me :D
^^ yes, that's what we mean. So, it's good that you've never punished your horse when you have fallen.
Next time, if you feel it coming, just push him foward with your leg; help to push him "out" of the buck, because when he is moving foward he won't be able to buck as hard.
Be more aware of your heel on him, especially if he is the 'goosey' type; maybe work on rubbing his sides with your legs, to get him used to extra 'feel' without expectation of movement.
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