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Recommendations of trainers to send bucking horse to!

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  • Recommendations of trainers to send bucking horse to!

    I have an 8 year old warmblood gelding who's ridden by a 14 year old in 2'9 hunter jumper classes. The horse is sweet as can be, lazy and quiet on the flat, but recently started bucking badly after jumps (they said he used to do this with previous trainer, but stopped, and has now started again). We've ruled out any pain issues with the vet, as well as tack issues and I've jumped the horse myself a few times to try and pinpoint whats going on and I think its entirely an attitude issue where he just doesn't want to do it and throws a fit in hopes of getting the rider off. Once you push him through the bucking and he gives up/knows he'll get in trouble for doing it, he's good as gold and jumps around foot perfect. The problem is he's quite unpredictable with it and I can't risk the teenage girl jumping him until I can feel confidant he is not going to buck her off anymore (three falls and one trip to the hospital before we took her off of him permanently). My three options are to send him away to a trainer that specializes in problem horses, such as a "cowboy", sell him as a dressage horse (he's lovely on the flat), or sell him as a jumper but disclose that he has this bucking problem and hope someone will buy him with the intention of working him through it. I would prefer to send him to a trainer to see if they can help before we strongly consider selling him, since he does belong to a teenage girl who loves him.

    Does anyone have recommendations on trainers or "cowboys" that work with these issues? We are located in Illinois but are willing to ship him anywhere in the midwest or on the east coast. The horse is a teddy bear on the ground, very very sweet, well behaved, and mostly perfect on the flat, so I do not need a trainer thats going to drill him into the ground and cowboy him around til his spirit is broken. Just someone that can put the work in over fences until he learns bucking is not an option. Any names of people or advice is greatly appreciated!

  • #2
    If he's really kind of stopping and bucking after the jumps, as opposed to bucking and leaping and playing - my gut feel is that he hurts somewhere, or is getting thrown off balance by his rider and protesting. Does the kid ever land on his back, throw her body too far forward or catch him in the mouth? Some horses just won't tolerate those kinds of mistakes.

    Has he seen a Chiro as well as a vet? I used to be a skeptic, but have seen chiros make a huge difference in several horses.

    Did the vet rule out pain in the front feet/fetlocks, as well as in his back and neck?

    No trainer recommendations, just some thoughts I had when I read your post.


    • #3
      Your thread in h/j has gotten pretty lengthy, with a lot of different suggestions - I'm not sure if you'll get any other lightbulb options here


      • #4
        Knowing only the history that you have provided here- horse with a history of bucking after a jump, which has returned, in which tack and medical issues have been ruled out as a cause- I'd sell him as a dressage horse fully disclosing that he is not a jumper so that two things don't happen. 1. Someone else gets really hurt trying to jump him and 2. forcing the horse to do something that he doesn't want to do.

        Life is too short to get hurt.


        • #5
          The OP has received a lot of input on this thread in H/J, so we're going to close the duplicate threads and direct folks there.