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post #11 of 16 Old 02-09-2015, 06:31 PM
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Had to google it. Looks like an elaborate & different version of an 'overcheck'.

I don't get why the headpiece is like that - ear holes, rather than regular poll & browband. & it appears the 'aircraft cable' may run underneath it & that's all that is 'activated' - so sharp, thin pressure over the poll - no thanks, too much risk of injury to the horse! Also appears that there is no place for a bit or bosal to be attached, so if you want to ride in it, you'd need another bridle over the top(?)

If your daughter rides with a bit, an easier, less convoluted option would be to just run a cord from the bit ring, up through the poll piece & back to the saddle D(or horn of a western). Long enough to allow freedom of movement, short of putting their head right down - also a good option for people(esp little people) who aren't strong/consistent enough to stop their horses eating grass on the trail.

But first & foremost, also agree with those who said try to work out & address *why* the horse bucks, rather than just trying to tackle the 'symptom'. If the horse is bucking from pain/frightened, then while you might lessen the bucking with a piece of tack, her reactions are likely to come out elsewhere, be only temporarily 'fixed' or she will 'learn helplessness' and just be forced to put up with the pain, to her physical detriment.
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-10-2015, 10:56 PM
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Oh, I see! Interesting. Not for us, though.

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We think we may have figured out her bucking issue. Our farrier found an old abscess in one of her back hooves from before we got her. Add that to her really only being green broke and not being ridden in a year and it pretty much explains all her bad behaviors. We are basically starting from scratch and going to invest in a refresher training course for her. She had 3 months of training about a year ago but I have recently found out it wasn't consistent. The funny thing is I had her evaluated by a trainer before I bought her for my daughter and was told she was lazy and I would probably never have to worry about her bucking.lol Now that we have rehabbed her hooves and given her a joint supplement she is feeling good and gotten more giddy up in her step. Hopefully with a refresher course my daughter will get the horse she deserves. Thank you for the replys. I told my daughter to post on here before buying anything and you have convinced her to save her money so I'm very grateful. You know teenagers, sometimes it takes someone who isn't their parent telling them for them to listen.lol
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We think we may have figured out her bucking issue. Our farrier found an old abscess in one of her back hooves from before we got her.
So you just got her & the abscess was current & now it's burst she's stopped bucking? Even then, I'd doubt an abscess as a reason to buck.

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Add that to her really only being green broke and not being ridden in a year and it pretty much explains all her bad behaviors. We are basically starting from scratch and going to invest in a refresher training course for her.
THAT sounds like the reason. She sounds little trained & perhaps whatever was going on she just wasn't up to... Yes, more training for her, but if your daughter isn't up to training a green horse herself(the horse will still be 'green' after a 'refresher'), then she is very likely to be part of the problem - no fault of her own, just that... an inexperienced teacher is not great for an inexperienced horse. So I'd suggest she also have lessons. So I'd find a good trainer for the horse AND your daughter.
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She had 3 months of training about a year ago but I have recently found out it wasn't consistent.
I think this is the problem. I worked with a horse that wasn't properly started and became a bucker. I think he anticipated something bad happening when someone got on him and learned that he could buck the rider off before anything did happen. I started consistent ground work with him and the first time I got on him I just sat on him for about five minutes until he relaxed and got off. I think that five minutes may have been the longest anyone ever stayed on his back up till then. The key with some horses seems to be in knowing when they are tensing up and pushing their limits gradually. This is why working with an experienced trainer can be so helpful.
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Normally with this sort of item and situation I'd say "just get a trainer" but if it truly "trains the horse" not to buck and you only use it for maybe a year at the very most I don't see the harm in trying it out and there's that 100% no questions asked money back guarantee!
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