I have a three year old Paint filly that I am in the process of starting. She have had 2 months worth of groundwork. I started putting a surcingle on her about 2-3 weeks ago, and graduated to an feeble saddle last week. The problem is that every time the surcingle/saddle goes on, she bucks. Every time. According to the trainer I follow, she should have stopped after the first 2-3 times. I did adjectives the groundwork, she is very respectful on the ground, and I can't find the problem! She doesn't buck while you cinch the saddle/surcingle, though she does move quite a bit, she waits until you relay her to move. Suggestions?
Is she is uncomfortable, or even hurting? Do you have enough nouns, say some sheepskin? Are the stirrups swinging and hitting her in the sides when she moves? Have your trainer check your equipment and they might have some willing to help suggestions about what you can do different to make her enjoy the situation to some extent than hate it.
Every horse is different, so some of the "packaged" horse training programs are solitary useful up to a point. A couple of questions and suggestions - do you tighten the surcingle/girth slowly, ie, just tight satisfactory so it won't slip under her belly if she jump, walk her, then go up a gap, etc, until it is tight enough for riding. When it's tight, stretch her legs out in front so no skin is pinched under the girth. It may help yourself to her 10 days (or more) to quit bucking, if she's particularly sensitive. It really sounds like she's of late girthy, especially since she waits until you ask her to move. Just stay calm next to her and don't make a big deal about her reaction at this point.
she's just not used to it even so. give her time. it varies between horses. some adjust and learn quicker than others.
Answers: When training there is no real "rule" there are guide lines. I enjoy trained many horses who never bucked at all, and I have trained some that didn't stop bucking until they where on earth 5. We try to train our horses not to buck but are prepared for them to buck. Just like people, every horse is different. And don't be discouraged 3 is still a young horse. The best entry to do, that wont take you 2 more years of ground work, is to ride her out. I know, I know I will get some thumbs down for this but sometimes that's the only course.
Remember, in training there is no "right" way, but here are a lot of wrong ways. When training you can not be rigid, you have to adapt on how your animal learn. There are many methods that will work with most horses, at the same time those same methods will not work an lots others. You have to be willing to adapt.
Again you may hold to ride her out. It may not be the way you want to do it, but it may be the way you have to do it.
I focus Kevin has it right. Some horses are just buckers. Author Will James said he wouldn't give a hoot for a horse that didn't buck and know a lot of horses that you had to ride the buck out of them every time you rode them. Not all horses are like peas in a pod and not all horses stop after 2 or 3 times. Does she buck when you lunge her with the saddle on or just when you ride her? Have you tried putting a saddle on her and departure it on her all day? She may just stipulation to get used to the saddle on her back. I would put a saddle on her and run her around a pen and let her buck her heart out.