A bucking horse can be a surprising, scary experience. But there are a few rules that can help you keep control.
The two most important things to remember are:
- Try to keep your horse’s head up.
A horse can only buck when it has its head down.
- Try to keep moving forward.
Bucking requires a horse to stop and plant their front legs into the ground. Moving forward prevents this.
A combination of these two things can often stop a horse from bucking.
It’s important to learn the indicators that your horse it about to buck so you can employ these two tactics.
What else do I need to remember?
Horses buck for a number of reasons, but it always indicates an irritable or fearful mood. Your main goal is to calm your horse down, so you need to be calm too.
The Last Resort Method.
If you aren’t able to stop the buck with forward movement and head-lifting, you can pull your horse’s head to the side so it comes close to your leg.
This will make it difficult for your horse to buck. It isn’t ideal for the horse, but it can help control severe bucking. Hold that position until your horse has stopped, then swap to the other side.
Dismount if it’s necessary, but try not to run away when you’re off, as that may scare the horse more.
Are there different kinds of bucking?
Sometimes a horse will buck because it has been spooked, in which case you may be able to lower your centre of gravity (heels down) and ride it out. Talk to your horse and try to make them feel comfortable and safe.
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Everything you need to know about Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
What is it?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or ‘EAP,’ is a form of psychological therapy that makes use of horse and the human-horse relationship as a tool for psychological therapy.
It has been used to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, people with self-confidence and anxiety issues, anti-social issues and other mental health issues.
How does it work?
EAP involves having clients interact with horses and developing a working relationship. For clients with specific psychological challenges, the relationship to the horse is used as a model to explore specific difficulties and help the client overcome internal challenges.
EAP is conducted in sessions, and these sessions move at a pace that best benefits the client.
How can I become a client?
EAP practitioners offer individual sessions, group sessions and workshops. Prices vary between offerings and between practitioners, but an hourly rate can be as much as $240 per hour.
Is it effective?
EAP is relatively new, but the majority of research finds that it is linked with positive outcomes for clients, especially children.
How can I become a practitioner?
The Equine Psychotherapy Institute offers two courses, each involving foundational training of 126 hours, and advanced training of 240 hours.
- For people who are already registered psychotherapists, psychologists, mental health nurses or other mental health practitioners, a course is offered which qualifies the student as an Equine Psychotherapy Practitioner.
(Become a mental health professional usually takes about 6 years; 3 in undergraduate, 1 in honours and 2 in masters)
- For people passionate about horses, but with no psychology qualifications, a course is offered which qualifies the student as an Equine Learning Practitioner, but not a therapist.
Each course involves thorough training, including the submission of papers and completion of exams.
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