Rearing, Bucking, and Can't catch her!!!

Discussion in 'Problem Horses' started by Jaaney, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Jaaney

    Jaaney New Member

    I have a thoroughbred mare, 8 years old and she's started bucking and rearing.
    I have had her back checked, her feet checked, she really has not much reason to be doing it. She always does it when i ask her to move up a transition, like walk to trot, trot to canter. But she is fine coming back down.
    It also takes me at least a hour to catch her, as she has a huge dam in her paddock she just runs straight into it, rugs and all. :mad:

    Does anyone know how to stop the rearing or bucking? Or a technique for catching her! lol.
  2. nannygoat

    nannygoat Gold Member

    Interesting first post Jaany....
  3. whitepantheress

    whitepantheress Well-known Member

    Sounds like you need bucket loads of training. No offense meant, but these issues are complicated if you don't have the basics of horsmanship (natural or traditional) and techniques in schooling your horse.

    Can we have more background in what you have done, if this is your first horse, what training you have, where you got the horse, what training it has had, its age, if it raced and if you have the horse at your place or on agistment?

    It's a lot of info but it will help be give you a more specific response.
  4. GoneRama

    GoneRama Gold Member

    What she said ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ :)*
  5. Melle79

    Melle79 Well-known Member

    I'd also be checking the Saddle fit, she won't be willing to go forward if it's pinching.

    I KNOW they are all expensive excercises, but worth it when it all works
  6. Jaaney

    Jaaney New Member

    well i have been riding for around about 8 years, i've leased 4 horses, so she's not my first horse. i've been to 2 different riding schools also. she has been trained for polo, she is 8, she appears to not have raced, according to the studbook. she is at an adgistment place, but i go out twice a day and feed/rug/ride her, and she is in a paddock by herself.
  7. Sharaway

    Sharaway Well-known Member

    Honestly forums are never the best place to come for advise when problems like this start, you need to be able to see the horse.

    Start with your vet, or local Bowen person to assess the horse for pain related issues.

    Then find a horse breaker, not trainer, breaker near you and have him or her assess the horse and YOU, because you could well be the problem not the horse.

    Really, we cant see that horse, nor know for certain that what you tell us is either correct or educated enough to be telling us what we need to know.

    Seek advice from your local people who can actually see the horse and you in action.

  8. ellechim69

    ellechim69 Guest

    Can I ask who you got her off I know alot of polo people and will probably know the horse too
  9. whitepantheress

    whitepantheress Well-known Member

    Thanks Jaaney. You have some experience so that is fantastic. I am also happy you are out there twice a day because that means you can work with your horse with small exercises lots.

    I suggest you get lessons with this horse as polo horses can end up with difficult habits and you'll need some help. It may even be necessary to send your horse to a trainer and then get some lessons off the trainer.
  10. ellechim69

    ellechim69 Guest

    May I ask what habbits polo horses can have as I have 3 of them and want to know what to keep an eye out for.
  11. paula223

    paula223 Gold Member

    Also have you had the dentist out to check her teeth
  12. Troppo

    Troppo Well-known Member

    I'm with you ellechim :p I have ridden a lot of polox horses and can't say I have noticed any more bad habits than what you would find in standard riding horses? :}
  13. Go the Distance

    Go the Distance Well-known Member

    I thought bad habits were what boyfriends have, I thought horses had 'vices'. Mind you I know my OH has a few bad habits along with a couple of vices:D. Oh and boyfriends can be a girls bad habit too or would they be considered a vice*#)??

    Jaaney it is very difficult to help without seeing the horse as Sharaway has said before. I would fork out some money and get some instruction and also get a vet check on the horse. Sounds like she is a fairly smart horse that has worked out how to play the game and come out on top.
  14. Jaaney

    Jaaney New Member

    Thanks guys, i have called the vet and i am getting the vet to come out and have a look at her and see what they think :)
  15. whitepantheress

    whitepantheress Well-known Member

    I had the impression/had heard that some *some* polo horses got very forward and head right up, from the nature of the sport. I could be wrong. Also, I was thinking in the headspace of where this issue started and someone not used to that may trigger some of that and maybe it made sense in my head but not so much now.....

    ....i could be wrong on offense meant and you guys seem more bemused at the WP being sprung maybe talkeing a bit out of her butt...

    *hangs head in shame*
  16. princesssparkles

    princesssparkles Active Member

    Can they move her to a smaller paddock?? Thats the first thing id do, then if she doesnt want to be caught you can make her work until she wants to come to you.
    Not wanting to go into upward transitions CAN be as simple as a lack of respect and if her back has been checked.. Just make sure your saddle is well padded.
    I would do some simple exercises like asking her to go into her trot from her walk, and if she decides to jack up instead i would take her head to her shoulder and kick her bum around (disenage her hind end) and then ask again, and i would get tough with it and reall give her a good kick or smack with the whip.
    When her heads pulled around she cant buck or rear, and so she has the option- does she want to go forward or be told off.
  17. Arnie

    Arnie Gold Member

    Good on you for doing the right things.

    But if the vet doesn't come up with anything then pay someone else to do the risky side of it! :p

    If you wish to be involved most trainers do encourage the owner be present to stay as involved as possible in the process.

    Goodluck! Please keep us updated!
  18. ellechim69

    ellechim69 Guest

    Not bemused at all mate I have been around polo and polox along time and the 2 sports often get confussed polo horse normaly run with their heads low and flat at a gallop. Polox horse are more upright with their heads as the game is stop start with not so much galloping. I dont know you at all so dont know if your talking out of your butt or not lol.
  19. Caroline

    Caroline Well-known Member

    It is either a veterinary or rider issue! :}

    Do get an experienced breaker and bowen specialist to check her thoroughly first, as they will probably pick up any physical problem better than a vet. :)*

    Do seek vet advice if required. ;)

    If the horse is physically OK, then get an experienced instructor watch you ride and get some lessons to resolve any probs in that department. **)

    Good luck. :))
  20. whitepantheress

    whitepantheress Well-known Member

    Well, my apologies regardless. I meant polox, you are right. I certainly would hate to perpetuate an idea that is wrong. Consider my head pulled in on this issue. :)*

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