How to Cope with a Horse that Bucks

[[Image:Bridleless horse trainer sara shalda (3) Copy.JPG|thumb|]A bucking horse is a common issue with many riders but the cause of it can come from many different sources. This problem can be resolved using a simple loving technique.


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    Determine why the horse is bucking. This is often not what the rider thinks it is.
    • Ill fitting tack: pinching, cutting, poking or scraping from bits, cinches/girths, saddle pads, bridles, bits.
    • Physical discomfort: arthritis, fibromyalgia, navicular, headache, chiropractic issues, neurologic issues, ill fitting horse shoes, colic, estrus & other hormone issues.
    • Emotional issues: It may sound harsh but many riders simply are not aware of the simple fact that their horse does not LIKE them. It’s nothing personal - just like when someone is around you and you just can’t stand them - the sound of their voice - their gestures - their behavior - they just drive you crazy. That is what some horses are faced with and have no way out so they act out.
    • Too much energy: Some horses are just being playful and playing without realizing their behavior is dangerous. This particular cause is the most common and also the most common avenue for ruining your horse if you go about correcting the behavior the wrong way.
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    Use training techniques which keep the horse's mind busy with very short, simple, easy to accomplish tasks immediately followed by praise and treats.
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    Replace the bucking fun with making the rider happy with other fun games which makes your horse addicted to pleasing you.
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    If the horse starts bucking while you're riding, pull the horses head into one side, this stops the bucking instantly. This is because horses can't buck while their head is turned to the side. This will also teach the horse that bucking is bad.
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    When you start riding the horse, try to correct the problem by not letting the horses head down when warming up. Horses are usually buck in the beginning and the end of a ride.
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    If the horse fights you and wants its head down, keep an even pressure to keep its head up. Only walk the first couple of days if this is the problem.
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    Sack out the horse with weights and a saddle while lunging. This will tell you if the horse just doesn't like you riding it, or if it is really a saddle problem and training problem.
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    Slowly let the horses head down and and bring the speed up little by little.


  • try riding in different places too, such as a round pen, arena, indoor or out. even try the trail, or other places to see which place is the easiest to assume training if needed, or if it helps the situation.
  • switch out bits and saddles to see if the habits of bucking get better.
  • Research what horse trainers specialize in the exact training you're are interested in and contact them.
  • Write down on a piece of paper exactly what your ultimate relationship with your horse would consist of, in detail. This is very useful as many people have never truly defined their relationship with their horse in a way both they or their horse can understand.


  • Quality horse training is almost always more expensive then the price you paid for the horse.
  • Bucking is a dangerous behavior in horses, especially for beginners.
  • Don't be in a hurry. Behavioral changes take time.

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