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post #11 of 14 Old 11-14-2019, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Jolly101 View Post
Ruling out physical issues is definitely a good place to start, like loosie has said. Whether it is normal, really depends. Your horse is young and inexperienced (it seems?) with cross country. It wouldn't be abnormal for a young, inexperienced horse to get excited and buck the first time they get to 'run' on the cross country field. Does your horse appear agitated when he bucks, pinning his ears or any other telling behaviors? Or does he do so when you are holding him back and does he seem excited?
Honestly I can't really remember what he was like, it was quite quick and afterward he was perfectly normal. Next time we go I'll pay more attention. If it helps my trainer said that it was the most half-hearted bucks she'd ever seen haha.

Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
More work, take advantage of the hills and work him up them at a canter until he is puffed - then work him back down them.

I agree with ApuetsoT, more excitement and you holding him back leading to him being frustrated.
We did a bit of canters up the hill and he was really good doing it and just after, so I think that will be good to do more of

Originally Posted by jaydee View Post
I'm not going to say you shouldn't rule out pain related problems but its most probably down to excitement and feeling a bit over whelmed because its all new.

That sort of behavior usually goes away when the novelty wears off provided you don't let it become a big deal.
The best way to avoid that is to continue to ride him through the bucks and keep on riding him so he has to learn to accept that its just another days work.

Some horses just do it as tension release or high spirits and poor self control and they never get out of it, I've had plenty like that. To be honest I never really let it bother me.
I hope it is this! Honestly if this is the worst he does, I reckon he'll be a great cross country pony haha!
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-14-2019, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by duskexx View Post

I hope it is this! Honestly if this is the worst he does, I reckon he'll be a great cross country pony haha!
I hope so too.
The best ones I had were also the most challenging to begin with, though when I decided to reinvent my sons 14.2 as a hunting pony for me when he outgrew him he never got out of the part trick of standing on his hind legs when we werent moving and he used to spend the first half hour fly bucking.
He was the still probably the best little hunter I ever rode, hed be up the front with the best and no jump ever phased him.
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-15-2019, 08:39 AM
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No, not normal. Always good to rule out the physical but it sounds like behavior. Behaviors can escalate and it really can have as much to do with the rider. I've watched horses go through XC runs flawlessly and put a different rider and have bucks, refusals, evasions. Look at both you and the pony. Talk to the trainer who is your eyes on the ground about getting you through this. We can all give advice but not being there and only going by what is written could well mean we are off base.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-02-2019, 03:15 AM
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For some horses bucking on xc can be a normal reaction when they haven’t been out in a while and the sense of freedom and open spaces can get to their heads. Usually the first couple times I take my horse out at the beginning of the season he’ll add once a few bucks on xc just to let me know he’s feeling excited and a bit fresh. Usually he’ll settle down after a couple outings but every now and again when we get a bit faster he’ll add in the occasional buck. I’d make sure that your horse hasn’t got any body/back issues to rule out pain as a cause of bucking first but I think it could likely be because he’s just excited.
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