NOTE: Make sure to have all horses with remedial problems thoroughly checked by a vet to rule out any physical symptoms that could be causing the problem
George came to me with problems concerning contact. Here is a good example of how the one rein stop is essential in dealing with bucking. There is more from George in the Hints and Tips blog so watch out for him.
Bucking – Frequently Asked Questions
Once physical and pain related reasons have been discounted, horses either buck due either as form of resistance to a forward cue from the rider, or out of excitability and adrenaline.
If your horse starts bucking, get into my “Oh My Gosh” seat, and use one rein to put a bend into his body.
Horses tend to buck in canter as this is when the rider is either pushing them to input more energy than the horse wants to put in, or the faster pace may cause excitability in your horse. In either case, make sure your horse is responding to light forward cues in walk and trot before you ask for canter.
A horse cannot buck if he has a lateral bend in his head, neck and body, so bringing your horse into a tight circle with one rein is very effective at stopping your horse from bucking.