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13 steps to stop your horse from bucking

ArticleHow to - horse trainingTuesday 12 January 2010
Horse Behaviour
Horses are usually brilliant and you can ride them trouble free. If you are riding a horse you do not know things can sometimes go a little wrong and your horse’s behaviour might take a turn for the worse. Bucking horses are dangerous so it is vital you know how to stop a bucking horse when riding. 
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Stopping a bucking horse
  1. Make sure that before you ride your tack is fitted correctly. 
  2. Your tack shouldn’t pinch, poke or irritate your horse in any way. 
  3. Watch your horse’s behaviour, if he is irritable or is running too quickly or slowly it might be best not to ride. 
  4. Be tuned in with your horse. If you have noticed that he is pricking his ears back, turning his head to look at you or putting his head sharply downwards repeatedly then the horse might be about to buck. 
  5. When a horse bucks it kicks its legs out high at the back and drops its head down very low at the front. 
  6. There are a few reasons why a horse might buck. One is to get you off of its back; the second might be to kick another horse.  If the tack is pinching a horse might also buck to try and relieve the pain. 
  7. If your horse begins to buck the first step of action is to pull the reins back as hard as you can. By doing this the horses head should be forced upwards; horses can’t buck successfully if their heads are up high. 
  8. Point your toes up high and your heels down in the stirrups and stand up. If you are standing the horse is bucking under you rather than bucking you directly.
  9. You must hold on tight and keep pulling up the its head to stop this negative horse behaviour. 
  10. If the horse does not stop bucking then try and pull the horses head either to the right or the left so it can only buck in a circle. 
  11. Once your horse has stopped bucking it is very important that you talk softly to him and calm him down. 
  12. If you can get off of the horse then do so, check his tack for rubbing and pinching before mounting the horse again. 
  13. When re-mounting be confident, horses can sense when you are nervous and will take advantage. At the same time as being confident you should be calming and talk to your horse in the same soothing pitch. 
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