why does my horse buck when I ask her to Canter?

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why does my horse buck when I ask her to Canter?

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    05-26-2011, 09:59 AM
Smile why does my horse buck when I ask her to Canter?

Hi everyone! I have a question I would like to ask you guys! Ok, my friend got her very first horse about 2 months ago. She's not super experienced and she's trying to retrain the horse (it wasnt well trained). Everytime she asks her to canter the horse starts kicking and trying to buck! We would like your opinion on what she should do to keep this from happening, or maybe the possible reason as to why she's doing this. :)

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    05-26-2011, 10:00 AM
Green Broke
Could be an ill fitting saddle, back problems or maybe the horse is feeling its oats??!!
    05-26-2011, 10:09 AM
I had a horse that was 13yrs old and no matter what if he ran he wanted to buck. It didnt matter if I was bareback or if I had a saddle on. It was just the way he was. After having him for about a year I finally got him to where he would start to buck and I would pull his head up and change leads so he had to focus on his leg movements instead of bucking. BUT I don't know if that was the answer to the problem so I am subscribing!
    05-26-2011, 10:56 AM
Oftentimes bucking at a canter is a pain issue - either physiologically ordue to an ill-fitting saddle. My first recommendation is to rule out pain by getting a professional saddle fitter out - they will check saddle fit and the back a bit and they are less expensive than a vet. If that doesn't help, get a vet to make sure the horse isn't in pain.
I don't like to advise beyond this point as many people ignore the pain advice and skip right to "he's doing it cause he's naughty." I do have advice for that, but it is a severe injustice to the horse if pain isn't ruled out first. They cannot speak, so we must listen to their actions.
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    05-26-2011, 11:05 AM
My guess is pain from a bad saddle fit. I saw a picture of your saddle in another thread, and it's a piece of junk.
    05-26-2011, 04:10 PM
It very well could be a saddle fit issue. The pic you have of her with the western saddle shows a back cinch strap that doesn't look connected to the front cinch. The back cinch can slip back and act like a bucking strap (like on rodeo broncos). Your western saddle doesn't fit her well either. Looks like the gullet sits on her withers. That can be very painful for the horse.
    05-26-2011, 05:16 PM
FIRST OF ALL WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT MY HORSE!!!!!!! OR MY SADDLE!! THE PIC ABOVE ARE BOTH OF THOSE THINGS!!! We are talking about my FRIENDS horse.....me and my horse have no bucking problems
    05-26-2011, 05:51 PM
Green Broke
But the thread title leads us to believe it is your horse.

"why does MY horse buck when I ask her to canter?"

The question was still answered with several versions of improper saddle fit or back issues. I am also going to add that it could possibly be rider error as well.
    05-26-2011, 06:05 PM
Could be a stifle problem from an old injury. Some will kick out or buck when the patella or stifle lock.
    05-26-2011, 06:09 PM
Barring physical probs/tack probs, horse could be a Left-brain Introvert, because LBI's don't want to "go" a lot, & will buck rather than go. Parelli has the information on how to motivate the LBI, which is the key action: getting harsher will only cause this horsenality to get more stubborn!

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