|North Carolina 11 year old Paso Fino with
Professional Training ridden in Paso bit (spoon) and Tucker plantation
saddle in pasture by intermediate rider.
Question: My Paso has started bucking. He wants to go so badly
that he starts bucking. Sometimes I can get him to calm down and
other times, he goes into a full bucking experience, throwing me
off and bucking another 100 feet or so. We trail ride only.
When he starts the bucking, I try to turn him in a circle, this only aggravates him more. I have tried trying to calm him down by rubbing his neck, nothing works. I immediately get back on (knees knocking) so he's not getting away with anything. I have not changed his bit or headstall or anything that might cause him to start this new behavior.
I have heard once they start this, it is very hard to get them to quit.
What are your suggestions.
From Panelist Erica
It sounds like this is a pain problem. What gives me this impression
is that he keeps bucking even once you are out of the saddle. Despite the
saddle not being changed, your horse has most likely changed in it's body
muscling and thus you could have more pressure points in some areas more
than before. Or.. he could need his teeth checked. Bit fit is crucial -
as is saddle fit - to a healthy, happy and responsive horse! I think it
would be worth the money to have this guy checked by a vet (teeth and body
for sore spots),
If all of those check out, I would basically start him over again from
scratch. Do all work from the ground and slowly work him back up to accepting
the saddle. He may not be totally desensitized to it yet. And.. I never
recommend using a back cinch on a western saddle as it is too easy for
it to slip back and become a "bucking strap". Does he buck on the lunge?
With any other rider? These are all good questions to evaluate. Also, are
I also want to say - that I definitely recommend you wear a helmet when working with or riding your horse. I wear a helmet whenever I ride or handle a dangerous horse. It has saved my life more than once - and it only takes once without one to be the last! I wish you the best of luck with him!
From Panelist Stella
He's likely not wanting to go so badly as get away from something, and that is usually either pain or fear. If he is bucking, I'd say you likely have an ill-fitting saddle that over time, has finally created a problem. The fact that you mentioned turning aggravates him more, leads me to believe this. It may be that if you have been using this same saddle all these years, it may have initially fit better, but horses do change shape-gain or lose weight...conditioning builds up the shoulders, so does maturity.
Male Paso Finos tend not to "fill out," become muscularly mature,
especially thru the
Many horses are very stoic about tolerating a little pain and not complaining
until the situation gets to a point of not being able to bear it anymore,
as any damage done increases the pain. YOU may want tocheck his back yourself
by palpating the muscles and vertabrae of the spine,but if you're
not sure how, or where your saddle may be causing a
From Panelist Liz
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