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post #1 of 14 Old 03-31-2014, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Bucking horse

Background info: First I want to say that my horse is 14 years old, never been on trails. His past includes being trained as a show horse, but he didn't place well so became a pasture puff due to his bad habits. When I found a trainer I liked a few months ago (back in September) she helped me get him back in shape and rid him of his problems (he was a nervous wreck pooping everywhere). Anyway, he's doing much better, but I want to eventually try endurance riding, so I've started taking him out of the fence and arena. We started walking around just on the road very close to home, and then further across the street and now we are going a little further. Two or three weeks ago he didn't want to go out and was acting up, (trying to trot, etc) so I just walked in a circle for a long time bending him and stopping, etc. We did that for a long time, then headed home. He didn't want to walk so he started bucking because I wouldn't allow him to trot. After he was finished I gave him a little kick in the side, then we continued home and he was fine.

Story: Well, just now (today) we were around the same area, and he started speed walking and really moving out like he does when he's nervous. I kept whoaing him and circling, but again he began to buck. I was a little nervous because I had hurt my ankle earlier today, so it took me awhile before I safely dismounted, not wanting to land on my bad ankle. I took the reins and yanked on them and yelled in his face that he was never to do that again while he backed up away from me. I continued down the trail on foot, because I thought going home would be a reward for him. When we got back home I trotted him around and finally went in.

Anyway, my question is, was this an okay thing to do? Is there anything I can do to try to prevent this behavior or improve what I'm doing? I don't want him to think it's okay to start bucking like that, even if he is nervous to be out. I'm also a "beginner" rider...at least that's what I'd consider myself. I have had horses my whole life, but I've never ridden this much and learned this quickly, so my experience is pretty limited. I hadn't ridden much for maybe three years until September of last year. I also haven't had any experience with bucking until now, though I have fallen a few times years ago.

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-31-2014, 08:51 PM
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Your on the right track not letting him just go home when he has his temper tantrums. I am going to suggest try heading him off before he starts his tantrum. Keep his mind busy while your riding him. Do serpentines down the trail, hop over logs, circle around trees, two track, essentially anything you can do to keep his mind on you. Horses can only focus on one thing at a time if you keep asking him to do things he cannot think about getting worried and having a tantrum. When he speed walks don't try to stop his feet moving, he is telling you he needs to move, use it to your advantage, say ok you need to walk faster/trot do the things I listed above. When you feel him relax loosen your reins and let him walk, if he starts trotting again you have him do serpentines for a while. Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. If he does try to buck bend his head around and yield his hind end with lots of hustle, then go back and ask him to go forward like nothing happened. It will be a lot of redirect, release the pressure, redirect and so on, you may only get one or two strides and then have to redirect but it will get easier and he will figure it out. Stay consistent so he learns what to expect, he will come to realize staying relaxed and quiet is not such a bad thing. One day your going to be going along and realize what a great ride your having and realize how far you and he have come.
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-04-2014, 04:13 PM
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It would be really nice if you could get somebody to ride along with you a few times on a seasoned trail horse. It would help give him confidence.
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post #4 of 14 Old 04-04-2014, 04:23 PM
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I agree with Celeste. Horses get really comfortable in their habits and if he's 14 and only ever had a fence around him or other horses and the barn nearby this will be a whole new world.

If you can get someone with a steady horse you can bounce off of for a while it'll make more of an impression on him than you fighting with him and having half success. Especially if you aren't comfortable and confident on your own to MAKE him go and make him do what needs to be done a friend leading the way will help both of you relax.
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-04-2014, 06:33 PM
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My old showing gelding, Casper, is about the same. He was only an arena horse and throws tantrums on the trails, from bucking to rearing when you don't allow him to go back home. He also demands that he runs up and down hills and starts getting really upset when you don't allow him to do so.

I think the best thing you could do is get two trail buddies and put your horse in the middle. This way, he gets used to being out in the open, and there's not much of an option of going backwards or flying forwards for him. His buddies will also encourage him to stay calm.

Definitely right on not letting him go home when he gets that way!
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-14-2014, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have access to trail ride with someone else regularly, unfortunately...

If this continues to persist, I will seek help or find someone to ride with. He's a GREAT boy, and I'm thankful he isn't worse than he is. He's doing well considering his past and the fact that he is alone out there for the first time. We have had a few more incidents like the ones above last week, but I kept turning him sharply and he couldn't do anything. I think he will continue to improve the more time we spend outside. He's learning that he can't get away with anything.

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-21-2014, 05:27 PM
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Good job not taking him home, as he could take that as a reward, but if you are a "beginner" rider as you say, you should take someone advanced with you on your trail rides. That should he you feel more secure.
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post #8 of 14 Old 04-25-2014, 11:44 AM
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I have had some luck with giving a horse a good reason to want to go out on a trail, at least in the begining.

I suggest you carry some treats, an apple, carrots or whatever. Ride or walk him to a nice cleared area with grass, get off and give him some treats and let him graze a bit. Maybe even brush him and just give him lots of attention if that is what he likes.

When you get back to the barn, just turn him out or put him up or whatever. just try not to give him the attention directly after a ride. Tie him up for a while or something.

Anyway, very shortly, he should associate trails with fun, food and attention and will be eager to go out and reluctant to return.

If trail riding turns into a battle, which it sounds like where you two are heading, he won't want to go.
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post #9 of 14 Old 04-25-2014, 08:56 PM
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I agree with others that you did well in not immediately turning around and going home. Then when you got home, he had to work a bit more. Great going. I also agree with AnitaAnne - give him some downtime on the trail somewhere. After the downtime, don't head right back, keep going and then when you're ready go back.

I don't agree with what you did with yanking and yelling after you dismounted. Timing is everything - I wonder if he associated that discipline with the bucking? I actually rather doubt it. I would have stayed on him after he settled down, walked a few steps and then stopped and just stood in one place. Walked a bit again (even in circles), and stopped. In my mind, this helps to get his settled while still being the one in control.
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-03-2014, 12:07 PM
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Getting off when they buck just rewards them for bucking. I understand you didn't want to land on your ankle but just don't get in a habit of getting off as soon as your horse bucks :)
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