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Why Do Horses Buck?

Why Do Horses Buck?

Bucking is very natural to horses. It is their way of defending themselves from predators such as the mountain lion which attacks them by dropping at their back. Basically, horses buck whenever they feel uncomfortable about something. Below are various reasons why horses buck.

Their environment can greatly influence their behaviour. A horse kept in a stable for a few days may become hyperactive and will eventually run wild and buck once let out to relieve themselves from stress, tension and boredom due to the long confinement. The solution is to give them more time to play outside.

Having excessive energy due to overfeeding or giving food which are high in energy such as oats can also cause your horse to buck. Just like when a person is hyperactive due to sugar rush, horses also become hyperactive due to excessive energy and their means of releasing this energy is through bucking and running. The solution is to monitor what you feed and give them proper exercise.

When a horse feels pain because of a physical injury it tends to buck. Some horses are found to misbehave due to back pain and other sickness like tooth ache etc. The solution is to have their health checked by a vet regularly.

When buying for equipment like the saddle, bit and girth, always make sure that everything is in their correct sizes and fits perfectly to your horse. Make sure that the saddle in not pinching or concentrating pressure only in one area, avoid over tightening the girth as this hurts your horse. Lastly, make sure that the bit fits perfectly and is comfortable for the horse to hold.

Horses don’t like to be ridden. Their natural response to anyone that tries to ride them is to buck to get the rider off. Without proper training, they will always reject their rider. The solution is constant training until they get used to the saddle and eventually with the rider.

In conclusion, horses have the natural tendency to buck. This is their natural response to danger, pain and joy. As an owner, it is your responsibility to know why your horse behaves this way.


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