My 12 year old daughter’s 7 year old Paint mare last year had some bucking issues when going around a corner at the canter. Not a full fledged buck, more hunching up. It happened at a show, in both classes that they did that night. I had the chiro out the following week, she did some adjustments and told us the saddle didn’t fit properly (which I think was the main problem). Switched to a properly fitted saddle, never happened again. Until last night at a show.
I called the chiro this morning to schedule an appt, but it also dawned on me, could it be the girth? When practicing and in lessons, they always use those cheap fuzzy girths, which the horse seems to find comfortable. The ONLY time they use the leather girth is for shows. This is only the second canter show they’ve done this season (she’s done some WT shows with no problem, but even with the bad fitting saddle/pre adjustment the problem only manifested at canter, not the trot). The first show it was muddy. The horse doesn’t care for mud/puddles, so I think she was more focused on not slipping than anything else.
It also dawned on me that the only time the horse seems at all girthy is when being tacked up at the trailer. Once again, every time we’ve used the leather girth, she’s been tacked up at the trailer (we go to a lot of 4H type open shows where they don’t have stalls available).
So both times the bucking has happened, it’s been shortly after the canter transition, going around a corner, at a show, in the leather girth (elastic at one end, girth is same width the whole length, not contoured). This is a very finished, quiet horse who enjoys working and has plenty of show experience. We bought her from the person who owned/trained her from a weanling and she said even when she was being trained she was never a bucker. Oh, and they don’t jump, just show on the flat. I’m also thinking that my daughter may be cinching up too tight? Thoughts, suggestions on a different girth suitable for showing that won’t break the bank? I will still have the chiro out for an adjustment no matter what