Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Bucking at the Canter
Hi guys, I need some training advice on my 6 year old OTTB, Avery. Both myself and the trainer of my business that Avery is a part of is at a loss at how to proceed with Averyís bucking when asked to canter.
We think he might have a SI injury as weíve had a lameness work up with x-rays done this past fall. He currently gets MSM every day just in case, but we seriously think itís an attitude issue. My barn manager has described it perfectly; itís 10% pain and 90% attitude. He might buck because heís uncomfortable, and then he is like ďalright, this isnít so badĒ. He generally will buck in the beginning of his rides and then act like a perfect angel. When he does buck, he is pushed through the buck to keep him moving and only his trainer wears spurs and carries a dressage whip thatís the only time heís disciplined. He is supposed to be part of my lesson program, but currently he only have one rider who has a good seat and has the confidence to ride his bucks, so he has been pulled from our program. I need for him to start carrying his weight again.
Avery has not always done this. He started bucking about 3 or 4 months ago with his leaser. He was able to dump her and she would reward the behavior by ending their riding time and bringing him back to the barn. Weíve also pulled his leaser from riding him but heís continued this behavior with everyone. How weíve handled it as I described earlier is we ride through the bucks and only one person carries any aides to discipline him with, so mainly itís just pushing him into the canter. It does not matter which direction you are going in.
Health wise Avery is a pretty typical OTTB, he is ulcer prone and on stomach supplements every day to keep them away. He is a cribber, but it is now obvious after treating his ulcers that itís a habit and controlled with a collar. We are an eventing barn, so heís regularly school in dressage, but he does not seem capable of carrying himself up, but instead prefers the hunter long and low. We are trying to build his topline to see if the lack of muscle is causing him discomfort. Iíve had Avery for a year, but this past year he has been plagued with injuries causing him time off, and he started getting going and doing well before winter and has had majority of the winter off due to lack of a good riding ring.
What would you guys recommend? How would you proceed? Any advice from people who have been here before?