Many factors can cause a horse to kick out in canter, like a behavioral problem, pain high up in his hind leg, suffering from lameness, or a neurological condition. Look for swelling, asymmetry, and lameness in his back and legs, and contact a vet to examine your horse for a medical condition.
Why does my horse buck when I ask him to canter?
When a horse canters, the thrust comes from the hind legs, particularly the outside hind leg. (That’s why you ask for canter with your outside leg.) If the horse isn’t strong enough, he will be uncomfortable and will show you that by bucking when you ask for canter or in the middle of cantering.
Why is my horse kicking out?
Some horses kick when they are being groomed, because of pain caused by tugging at the mane, tail, or another area, and sometimes out of annoyance because it is taking too long or discomfort is involved. Some horses will kick out while being ridden when other horses get too close to their hindquarters.
Why do horses struggle to canter?
The first is that the horse is not balanced and strong enough for a smooth and controlled transition into canter. Often, this is exacerbated by the rider leaning forward and holding onto the reins, forcing the horse onto the forehand and making it hard for them to lift the shoulder and engage the hind leg.
Does kicking a horse hurt them?
Kicking your horse only stuns, disturbs, imbalances, and hurts. Although kicking might be a useful way to start out for a beginning rider, once you have better balance in your seat and a more consistent contact with the bit, aim toward using your legs with more refinement.