Very rarely does Freedom buck. He bounces, but he doesn’t buck. I never have to worry if he starts to drop his head which is probably a good thing. I know that if he put some effort into it, he could launch me into Connecticut.
Some people enjoy a buck or two. They see it as a sign of high spirits. An indication that their horse is feeling good. Sometimes it is; and sometimes it’s a sign of pain or other discomfort. On rare occasions, I’ve come across horses that use bucking to get out of work because they know they can get their rider off.
My friend Alison had such a horse. One day he got spooked while she was riding and he bucked. She’d been hacking on a loose rein and came off. While most horses will look at you lying on the ground with bewilderment (“how did you get there?”) a light bulb went off in his head and he thought “I put you there.” After that, he tried to get her off whenever she asked him to work. The problem was, it was one of his most accomplished skills. He was pretty athletic and had a wicked buck in him.
What about your horse? Does he or she like to buck? And do you consider it to be amusing? Or a real problem?