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There can be various reasons for a horse to buck up: high spirits and joie de vivre, but also fear or pain. Especially with young horses, it is important to curb bucking under the rider in advance. Anna-Sophie Fiebelkorn is a dressage trainer and has made the stallions Imperio and Benicio Bundeschampions, for example. For them, the Bock prophylaxis begins on Stallgasse. “Many - especially young horses - buck at the beginning of work because the harness is too tight. Incidentally, this is also how you provoke the use of a seat belt or saddle. The young horses in particular should be carefully belted and re-belted in many small steps. ”In the Fiebelkorn stable, young horses generally lunge briefly before riding. "Even some five- and six-year-old horses are lengthened with us before work if they are too cocky," explains the horse management master. “It is important not to let the horses rattle off on the lunge either. Here, too, they should first learn to walk in peace. Otherwise the horses will get used to it: Put the saddle on it means we'll be off! "

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Bucking can indicate pain

There are many reasons for unbuckling. “Often the horses are simply frightened, and sometimes there is a fold of skin on the harness that pinches. Perhaps the seat belt was too tight too quickly, or the saddle just doesn't fit. And if a horse does this more often, the back should definitely be checked. ”At Anna-Sophie Fiebelkorn, the osteopath checks the horses every four weeks. "That doesn't mean that all horses always have to be treated, but all of them are checked so that no blockage is dragged on and then at some point it really hurts."

Preventing bucking means thinking faster

In the saddle, it is especially important for the rider to remain vigilant: "You should notice a dangerous situation in front of the field, so be a little faster than the horse." In addition, the horses should not be bored under the rider. “But it is enough to ride a lot of transitions in quick succession, for example. To give half parades over and over again, regardless of whether it results in a change between the gaits or a change in tempo in one gait. "Should it come to a bucking eruption," you have lost when the horse takes the reins from you. You have to try to turn the horse quickly to the side and not let your head dive, but try to hold it up. If you manage to turn the horse as a rider, you have already driven it out of the leapfrog ”, says the dressage instructor.

Anna-Sophie Fiebelkorn also recognizes differences in bucking behavior between mares and geldings, or stallions: “Mares, especially when they are stony, can buck out of tension or tension. I think that is the most difficult thing. As a rider, you have to manage to get the horse in front of your leg, but you must not jam your thigh, but have to get through with short, fast impulses. With women, you have to be willing to compromise, ”laughs Fiebelkorn.

Bucking boys need clear messages

In the case of stallions or geldings, it is often easier to make a clear statement. It is also very important with horses that have bucked before that you as a rider do not become too cautious, but remain confident and continue to ride with commitment. The experienced trainer uses a simple trick: The Maria-Hilf-Riemchen - or as it is officially called: the “saddle grip” - can be found on every saddle in Fiebelkorn's saddle room: “I think it's great! I can only recommend this to every rider. Especially when you have a horse that you cannot completely trust, it gives the rider a lot of security, and you don't run the risk of pulling up your hands or holding on to the reins in an emergency, but can with one Continue riding calmly and evenly. It is often enough if you have your little finger in the strap. In my opinion, that's not a shame at all! "

This feeling of security has resulted in a different body language, because as a rider you have the certainty of being able to hold onto the strap in an emergency. This often leads to the fact that one rides much more committed and courageous, and that is the best way to distract the horse from the buck idea. “However, you have a real problem when the horses have been successful with it a few times and get used to it have to get rid of the rider by bucking or intimidating them. Then maybe a stronger, very stable rider has to get on the horse, ”recommends Anna-Sophie Fiebelkorn.