Horse Bucking or Rearing

Horses are constantly communicating with us and they do this most powerfully when they do something we consider to be a vice.

So, what is the most likely thing that the horse is trying to tell us when he becks or rears. One thing is for sure, he wants to get us off his back. Why would he want to get us off his back? Chances are, so he can get rid of the pain that he feels when you're on it and guess what the most likely cause of that pain might be? You're right, a badly fitted saddle. This can cause him to feel a lot of pain and that pain will increase when you get on the saddle, because any of the areas that are hurting, any of the excess pressure that the badly fitted saddle will cause, will increase with the weight of the rider.

Many people will say that they have had the saddle fitter out to fit their saddle and because of this they feel that they have done all that needs to be done. But, the saddle fitter can only be sure that the saddle fitted on the day that they fitted it, because both the saddle and the horse can change shape. A fortnight later both could have changed shape, particularly if the saddle is newly stuffed and/or the horse has had a change in diet or exercise.

Use The Perfect Fit Saddle Fitting Kit now to check if the saddle fits. If it doesn't, be sure you get one that does and don't ride him in the old saddle. Using the kit, check the saddles's fit at least every month, or more often if there are changes to your horse's diet or exercise.

When you are certain that the saddle fits well, it could be that your horse is still bucking or rearing. This probably means that your horse remembers the pain that he was in previously, or, he is still in pain from the damage done by that saddle. If this is the case, you must have his back checked by an equine physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath. In fact, if a horse exhibits any unpleasant behaviour, the first thing to do is have him checked out by one of these professionals.

Sometimes it can take a while for a horse to trust that the saddle isn't hurting him, so be patient with him if the bucking or rearing doesn't stop immediately.