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emwood1

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emwood1 says:

Confidence Boost

This topic is similar to quite a few recently about bucking in canter etc... I have just started riding a 6yr TB gelding who has been out of work for quite a while. We kunged for the first 5 weeks, kust walk and trot and was advised on here to lunge a whle longer before cantering, and perhaps tp get on and walk him around. However, I have managed to find an instructor who is actually an ex-international eventer stabling near my friends fields. She has said that as he is 6, and was professionaly broken, there is no reason why I shouldn't be able to ride him properly with walk, trot and canter but just take things slowly... I've been on him a few times now just walking and trotting and the trot work is great, he tracks up great, has smooth transitions and is responsive. He took himself into canter though at one point, for about 3 strides and wea fine. She said that since he had done this himself, ask him for canter and see how he reacts....so, I did, and he threw in a bronc!! It wasn't nasty or difficult to sit too, but as we stopped almost straight away I don't know if this was an intial going into canter thing, or something he'd be doing constantly whilst cantering. I know you should ride through bucking, and he's only young so may grow out of it etc...but my main reason for posting is...does anyone have any ideas for boosting my confidence to sit through it? I've been riding 15 years but after a bad loan last year my confidence is poor and my riding is not what it should be, so it's too easy for me to get nervous, tense up or give up....any suggestions in helping me bite the bullett and go for it!

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flyingfox

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flyingfox says:

Re: Confidence Boost

if you're worried, don't ask for it just yet or have you got someone who could ride your horse through this stage. sounds like it's just a stage in his training and with patience he'll settle down. good look sounds like you're gonn have lots of fun. sam xxx

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maxiemum

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maxiemum says:

Re: Confidence Boost

its pretty common after a long break- its just a ' woohoo this is fun' buck but if you dont feel happy then can you ask your instructor to sit on him for the first few times? make sure the aid is quiet and dont over ride the transition. so happy that you are riding him.[:D] I only have one thing though that I wanted to give you a row for PICTURES??????????????????? lol

Cha chòir an t-each glan a chur uige.

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racaille

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racaille says:

Re: Confidence Boost

I feel for you - it's unnerving, isn't it? My boy used to do the full rodeo bit (round back, head between knees, all four feet off the ground) and it got me flying through the air every time. Now he just does a 'normal' buck (most of the time) and it's not pain-related, it's either 'yahee, this is fun!' or 'noooooooooooo, I don't WANT to work!' He'll do one or two and then settle down. My trainer gave me two good bits of advice: firstly, to stop the head going down in the first place, ie pay more attention and react faster; but more usefully, to lean right back during the buck. As she said, people don't fall off the back of a horse! It is counter intuitive, as most people react to being unbalanced by leaning forward but this is a sure way to kiss the ground. I don't know of any exercises to make this come naturally, you just have to make yourself do it. It can be done [:)] Failing this, I've heard of (but no experience) something called a daisy rein (???) - a strap that runs along the mane from the saddle to the poll. Think this is to stop the horse putting its head down (can't buck). But I might be wrong. I've never seen anything like that here in France.

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Brigadier

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Brigadier says:

Re: Confidence Boost

This is better than a daisy rein and really works- http://www.stopthathorse.com/buckstop/buckstop.htm

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emwood1

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emwood1 says:

Re: Confidence Boost

Thank you everyone. [:)] I don’t mind him bucking, I just think my confidence is not what it used to be and I didn’t want to spoil our riding by putting it off, however I have my trusty body protector now (for those just incase moments) and am feeling more confident already. I decided though that perhaps I hadn’t allowed him to do enough cantering on the lunge and get him balance etc, he has been out of work for a while. I lunged him last night and let him canter round and he was loving it; ears forward, tail up, prancing legs…and he threw in 2/3 bucks with excitement. Before that on the lunge his cantering was uneasy and he always got himself disunited and slipped, so perhaps I rushed a little. Maxiemum: I’m sooo glad I decided to get on him, he’s doing so well, and is so well mannered (so far). Pictures – not forgotten, shall try get some sorted this weekend, I promise. [:D]

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xmuskateerx

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xmuskateerx says:

Re: Confidence Boost

You could try investing in a 'clip balancing handle' or balance strap, libbys does one. It clips onto the d rings so if your horse bucks you have something to hold onto thats not the reins. most of the time its just baby, muz used to, but I would get his back and saddle etc. checked if it continues!

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