AUGUST 25 CLINIC: EVALUATING A NEW HORSE
Ruben Morales evaluated a Quarter Horse Mare, Sunshower. Challenges the owner experiences with the mare are bucking under saddle and in the paddock. The owner wants to discover why she is bucking and how to stop it. Ruben performed several initial tests to which the mare did not show signs of a typical bucker. Sunshower conserved her energy, and was not concerned about the pressure applied to her in the various exercises until Ruben placed the cinch on Sunflower. It was clear that she never accepted the cinch in the first days she was started under saddle. The solution is to go back to square one and apply pressure and release until she totally accepts the cinch. The next step would be Bucking Control, the topic of a future clinic.
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