Getting The Buck Out of a Horse
 By Sylly   •   4th Aug 2010   •   11,365 views   •   21 comments
When you own or ride a horse that bucks, it is very frustrating. I have been training a 11 year old Quarter horse gelding for about two months now. His issues are respect and bucking. Shimmer, is a amazing, beautiful horse, but he packs a mean punch. Or in this case, buck. Please remember when reading this article, these are my methods, not yours. Please enjoy :)

Getting The Buck Out of a HorseBefore we get into the riding, you need to make sure everything is great on the ground. Go through a mental checklist. Does he back up on que? Yield his hindquarters? Does he lunge in both directions at the walk, trot and canter? Does he stop on the ground?

Once all those things are complete, you need to do a tack check. I recommend a professional for this one. Its different when you check it, and when a professional does. If you dont have that option, you can always so it some what yourself. Check to overall fit of the saddle. Just set it on your horse. Does it fit over his rump snuggly? Or poke up in the air? Do the bars fit around his withers? Or are they to big or small? If you use a breast collar, is it to tight? Stick you hand under it and add pressure, does it pinch?

Once all this is done and you have the go. Get out the old lunge whip and long line. Saddle horse up and start him at the walk. From this point of view, take in how your horse moves. Move on to the trot. Yield him, the ask him to walk in the opposite direction. Ask for a trot, then a lope. If at any time he where to buck do one quick snatch with the lead line then make him go faster for two laps. Repeat this as many times as necessary. I always use the "three lap guarantee". This means lope your horse both directions for three laps each. If no buck. Yield him. Give him a good rub while saying "Good boy". Then that session is done.

Getting The Buck Out of a HorseThen hop on. Make sure you don't walk off right when you get on. Mess around a bit. Make sure your stirrups are right, fix your jeans, and maybe even fix your reins. This will improve the horses patience. Then, when your ready, ask for a walk. Warm him up by walking a about 3 laps and then trotting 1 or 2. When you feel ready, ask for a lope. Don't do this along the rail(edge of arena) Do it in the center in a very wide circle. When riding its a "five lap guarantee" If he bucks, quickly turn him into a circle. Be sure to keep him head up. Stop him. Back him up about 4 steps. Then go right back to the lope. Repeat this as many times as necessary. Make sure you are consistent and do it every time.

Bucking isn't going to stop overnight. It takes alot of time and patience.

*Have a daily routine. Horses like knowing whats expected of them. They don't take to surprises well.
*Be consistent
*Be patient.
*If you are fearful, the horse can sense that. So maybe to boost your confidence, do something your horse knows well.

Have fun and good luck!
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Thanks so much, this will help with my horse. I have a question though. How do I get my horse to trust me more? I have petted her, walked with her, and that stuff... but nothing has helped. I can walk on the halter, but when I trot her she bites at my hand, when I ride her she pins her ears the whole time its really starting to worry me, cause she used to buck to. I'm afraid that she will do it again. Help!
  Aug 4, 2010  •  6,498 views
My old horse Keeper (who am training now) has that same exact issue. Thans for these tips :)
  Aug 4, 2010  •  7,079 views
Your welcome and good luck! :D

-Dust Moon.....Groom her daily. Maybe introducing new stuff such as a fan. De-sensitize her to it. Do this with other items to. Once she sees that you havent let anything hurt her so far. She may start trusting you more. And take days off. Sometimes I just go out to the pasture, slip on the halter, tie em to a tree. Pet em, check em over, and give him a treat the thats all for the day. That will also make the trust go up. About the riding situation. Check your tack fit. It may be causing her pain. She may not like the fact your making her work. So try something engaging. Like an obstacle course. Message me if you need any help :)
  Aug 4, 2010  •  7,079 views
Dark Star  
Good Article! My horse cow hops (small bucks), pops up/rears, and loves to pull on the lead. He rears after you make him go really fast (he's a pole bending horse) then make him stand. He doesn't buck with me or push me around, cause he got slapped last time he tried to pull me on the lead. (That is another training thing if nothing else works)
  Aug 5, 2010  •  7,063 views
Okay, thanks Sylly. I will message you back if I am still having trouble. Also about the tack fit, I do usually check her tack before. Plus she is only like 6 or 7. And I got her at about 3 or 4. She used to love me until she turned 5, then she really did not like me at all. Again thank you so much! ♥
  Aug 5, 2010  •  7,072 views
Your welcome! :D Good luck
  Aug 5, 2010  •  7,079 views
Inactive Member  
I understand that these are your methods but I'm a bit shocked that your idea of punishment is a little harsh/pointless. Making him go faster for 2 laps 1)Could cause them serious pain if not yet fit 2)They could enjoy it so they think bucking is good and 3)They might not understand that its meant to be punishment. Of course these are your methods but I just dont agree with them, sorry :(
  Aug 6, 2010  •  7,090 views
Sophie-It would take a VERY obese horse for two laps to do it any damage. If the horse bucks enoguh for it to be a problem, he/she is quite fit enough to do a few laps.
The horse learns that bucking is negative because, eventually, every horse will want to rest. It's a very basic factor of life, particularly for a prey animal who seeks to conserve energy.
I'm intrigued. If this take on equine psychology is not your interpretation of a horse's mind, than what is?
  Aug 6, 2010  •  7,255 views
Inactive Member  
I understand that different people have different methods, I'm just saying that its not something I would do and if someone asked me for advise, I wouldn't say that making the horse run for another 2 laps is the right thing to do, but that is MY opinion and u dont have to agree with it.
  Aug 7, 2010  •  7,090 views
I know I don't have to agree. Neither do you. I agree to disagree, and that the world is better that way.
When I said I'm intrigued, I mean that I am indeed quite intrigued and would very much like to know what methods you would institute in such a situation.
  Aug 7, 2010  •  7,255 views
This is a good method for horses bucking because of too much energy.
  Aug 7, 2010  •  7,093 views
Sweet Silence  
Are these pictures yours?
  Aug 14, 2010  •  7,153 views
Inactive Member  
savella- personly I would use food rewards and 'boring' punishments.
  Aug 16, 2010  •  7,091 views
Sophie P- You dont have to agree :) But saying that I am "harming" horses is a INCORRECT statement. 2 laps running is going to what? Make him break a sweat. Big Woop. Its not putting him in any physical pain, or discomfort. Horses are naturally lazy animals. They do what they can to conserve as much energy as possible. Thats why they a prey not predators. Once the horse figures out that when he bucks he has to work, he will eventually make the connectionn and stop bucking.
Also, treats are the worst way to reward a horse. They will expect a treat EVERY TIME. Its awful. I have had to work with horses that are used to that and its no fun.

All in all. You are thinking from a humans point of view not a horses. "If I clean my room I get a twinkie" Horses dont think like that. Come back to me when you know more of horses :)
  Aug 18, 2010  •  7,079 views
Inactive Member  
I just use different methods to you, thats all! It doesn't mean you know more about horses than I do! But my best friend breeds horses and that methods always works for her! thats all I'm saying, so PLEASE don't say "come back to me when you know more of horses" because I really took offence by that!
  Aug 20, 2010  •  7,090 views
Sorry you took offense to that. But just look at real, professional horse trainers. They dont use horse cookies, because it has a negative effect on the horse. You want your horse to obey because he wants to please the owner/trainer, not for a treat :)
  Aug 20, 2010  •  7,079 views
Inactive Member  
I no but my friend says she finds that horses tend to trust the owner/trainer more when they offer them food! It strengthens the bond between them which typicly(sorry, I cant spell) makes them want to please the owner/trainer. This may not work for your horses, so you may think differently :)
  Aug 21, 2010  •  7,090 views
No. Thats a myth. Horses find trust in knowing that they are safe in their owners hands. Foods are a fake trust. It doesnt make them want to please the owner/trainer,, it makes them want more cookies. So they do as they are asked. :/
  Aug 21, 2010  •  7,083 views
Inactive Member  
ok, well thats what you believe, but like I said, this always works for my friend and her ponies, and she has a great bond with all her horses! :)
  Aug 23, 2010  •  7,091 views
:) It works yes. But it not the best way to train. Its just a bribe :P
  Aug 24, 2010  •  7,083 views
Thanks for all the comments :D
  Aug 25, 2010  •  7,083 views
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