My horse started bucking. Barn sour? What do I do?
I bought a 15 yr old quarter horse last spring. I have ridden him give or take a few 3 times a week since I bought him with no troubles at all. He was other a bit lazy and slow, but extremely gentle and followed all of my directions. I could touch or prod him anywhere short so much as a flinch and he would go through any kind of terrain I led him into.
A week ago, we have some of my son's friends riding him. After a while, he stopped following the rider's leads and wanted to keep heading posterior toward the barn. My son got on him, rode him into the pasture and away from the barn. The horse stopped in the pasture. When my son tried to win him going again, the horse started bucking and threw my son.
A couple of days later, I tried riding him in the pasture to see how he would behave. I rode him to the end of the pasture, posterior toward the barn, then across the pasture again. When I got toward the end of the pasture, the horse kept wanting to turn backbone and started bucking when I turned him back around. He threw me 3 times before I finally got too sore and have to give in.
I was wondering whether he is just being stubborn because it was close to dinner time and he looked-for to eat instead of work since there isn't as much forage in the pasture this time of year. My son and I other ride together and usually ride in the afternoon/evening, so he isn't going out alone and should be used to working just since their nightly hay & grain.
Why would a horse that was so gentle contained by the past suddenly start bucking? I always groom him well past riding and check to make sure that there isn't anything surrounded by the saddle pad or cinch that would bother him. He hasn't shown any other sensitivity anywhere that would make me think he have an injury. He has had all of his shots, is current on his wormer, and doesn't appear to feel pain at all.
What should I do with him? I live in the northwest where on earth things have started turning muddy and will soon be under several feet of snow, so I don't own much time to work with him. I don't have any experience training horses -- I bought him because he was supposed to be resourcefully broke and gentle. I don't have anywhere to lunge him, but would be willing to try out any accepted wisdom anyone can give me. I live in a rural area lacking any local horse trainers and probably couldn't afford one right now anyway.
He did start acting a little squirrely on one ride until that time the one in which he started bucking. On that ride, we had been riding for approximately an hour and were ready to head backbone to the barn. We started to turn around to check the fence and he wanted to keep heading toward the barn. I be able to get him to go where on earth I wanted, though, and he didn't give any indication that he would buck then. I figure at the time that he just wanted to head vertebrae because it was starting to get dark.
Any thinking on what could have caused this sudden change surrounded by attitude? Why would a horse that was so gentle for 6 mos. suddenly start bucking? What can I do to get him to stop bucking?
Any back or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Does he act up when tightening the cinch? Have you cleaned his sheath lately? A dirty sheath can cause throbbing when saddled.
It also sounds like he's just getting learned to things and trying to put one over on you, as far as wanting to go back to the barn.
My horse is 26 and still the world's biggest chicken. Any corner he gets adjectives antsy about. Even if it is just a corner of a grassy area that has public utility boxes in the corner. So I let him graze when I seize to these spots. Nothing I have done in the past have worked better than him knowing he gets a reward near there instead of mortal forced to go by it.
I'm no horse expert, but perhaps there may be something beyond that pasture that your horse does not like.
He sounds like an elder horse, and maybe he just doesn't feel approaching having to be constantly ridden all the time.
Why don't you try walking him around, and bring him near that nouns where he bucks.
I can't tell you what started it the first time, but I can give you some things to try. First of all, procure the vet to check the horse over. It is entirely possible that he is reacting out of pain to something. Your horse can't tell you when it hurts. That first buck may enjoy been something hurting. Horses often buck in response to stomach-ache. It seems counter-intuitive to us humans, but in an equine mind, they are getting the mountain lion past its sell-by date. Your next step is to get a saddle fitter out to check your tack. Saddle fitting is part art and section science, and it takes a professional to do it right. As your horse's body changes over time, it may be that a saddle that used to fit well no longer fits. If neither one of those things turns anything up, after your next step is to get some help from a professional trainer. I know that you right to be heard you don't have the money for a trainer, but you need to think intensely hard about the cost of a trainer versus the cost of one single emergency room visit - particularly since your son and his friends ride this horse. Getting help from a trainer or instructor is one of the inherent costs of horse ownership. So, if you don't have money for a trainer, consequently you really don't have enough money for a horse.
Saddle fit will lead to exactly that...
I would check his back for soreness, and have him professionally evaluated by a fitter for proper saddle fit.
It happen to me and I sold a great horse over something like this, and wish I would of known the unadulterated problems behind it.
If he is contained by pain then being ridden won't be a perfect experience, could be because of the way the rider rides, ill-fitting tack, or an injury etc, all he knows is that contained by the barn he's comfortable and being ridden he is not so its up to you to find the source.Good Luck!