Yes, the bucking bronco is back.
What the @#$@?!
We went on a trail ride and there was the buck. We were loping circles in an open area and Canyon got worked up running just behind Woody. His head went high and I could sense his energy change. It was run with the herd time. I'm not sure if picked up the rein too tightly, or if I was on a lookout because I knew he was no longer listening to me, but down went his head.
He curved up like a cat and gave one buck before I yanked his head backup. Then I ran him around the field a few times for good measure.
But the issue isn't that he's bucking because he doesn't want to run. The issue is he wants to give over leadership to the high horse and if I attempt to take any control during that moment of high headed running, there goes the buck.
So I'm pretty seriously discouraged. We had been very well connected all this time. We'd round penned, he'd responded well to my speed control in the arena and he was fine being in the front, back or middle of the herd during the ride. He even spooked in place at the vicious armadillo.
It's all about another horse running near him and me trying to slow him during that moment - but I don't remember actually trying to slow him. Frankly I'm not sure I did anything than draw up reins when he was starting to round his back.
Did I mention he can buck at a lope?
So what are my choices? Here's my thoughts:
- Be very choosy about when we run on the trail - no running with a herd buddy or running to "catch up"
- No running on the trail period. Save it for the arena.
- Get him to a trainer and see if they can break this habit somehow (not that I have money for that, but it's a thought).
- Think about another horse.
- Or, as DH would like me to do, get out of horses for a while.
Trainers talk a lot about picking your poison. I love this horse. But I'd like to run without worrying about a bucking bronc ride. Another horse might jig, another might be stubborn. Mine bucks when he thinks he might be being forced to be left behind.
Bottom line, he hasn't given over to me yet.
Do I need more time with this horse? Do I need to walk away so I don't get hurt? I hate being in this place again.