I have always had a zero tolerance policy for shenanigans under saddle. Bucking in particular is something I have always nipped in the bud. At the first sign of bucking he goes into a one rein stop.
Mostly, it’s a self-preservation move: Freedom is such an athlete that I’m sure he could get me off if he tried and I’d prefer that he never figure out how precariously I’m perched up there. I don’t want to be taken by surprise and turned into a lawn dart.
I do tolerate bouncing — when he feels good he often gets that way — but that’s mostly because I find the quickest way to work him through it is to ignore it. That doesn’t always work. I distinctly remember one three hour ride where he didn’t walk once. He either bounced or cantered. He can canter very, very slowly.
One of my riding friends gets a real kick out of her horse’s high spirits. It’s hard to reprimand your horse for bucking when you’re laughing that hard. I understand wanting to enjoy the exuberance. Just not enough to let the genie out of the bottle.
How about you? Do you let your horse play a bit under saddle? or is it straight to work?