Originally Posted by mollymay
I've tried not lunging a few times, but then he always has buck in him as soon as I get on. It's more convenient to lunge and go without the jumpy ride :/
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You need to learn how to work around that. By lunging and trying to wear one out like that it just takes longer and longer as time goes on.
Start out by gyping him around you on the end of the lead rope before you put her bridle on. Change directions often, your not trying to air him out just getting to pay attention. Then bend his head towards you use your stirrup to push his hip out, do it on both sides. Don't sneek around about doing it. You want to use the same intensity as you do as you ride. When you get on keep his headed tipped towards you, let him take a breath ask him to walk on a tight circle to the left, the same way you have his headed bent as you get on. If he's tight keep his head bent so he can't buck but rather go in a small left circle. When he lets go and is soft after a few small circles you can start letting him out. Then smoothly and quickly(not jerky) switch to the right side keep the circles small until he quits grabbing his butt. Then you can make your circles bigger. (HINT: don't let him get straight for very long between transitioning between the left and right side ,most horses that want to buck find it the opportune time to hog it out. But make sure its smooth when you transition)
As for bucking later in the ride it is really up to the circumstances on how to handle the bucking. Sometimes bending them out of it works the best and sometimes just picking them up and kicking through it and making him work hard will give him the idea that the bucking creates more work than it's worth. Lunging just delays the issue.