Frequently Asked Questions

We invite you to read thru our frequently asked questions and answers about our BuckBuster Bridle and BuckBuster Halter products and How to Stop a Horse From Bucking.

Immediately. Once your horse learns to buck and if it is effective at him getting his way, he may develop it as a strategy for showing his displeasure at being ridden or controlled. An isolated incident with no clear reason for bucking is nothing to worry about, but your horse may develop into a problem animal if bucking produces a desired response from you, his rider. If he doesn’t have to carry you after he bucks, he learns to buck when you want to ride him.

A horse can be reacting to negative reinforcement from his owner or trainer and bucks. He might be associating riding with pain or discomfort and use bucking to show his fear of it, long after the pain has subsided. Once your horse has used bucking to avoid being ridden, it could become a learned behavior that you must stop. Thinking about ways to solve this problem in a positive manner will go a long way toward stopping the bucking and strengthening your relationship with your horse.

The BuckBuster anti-buck bridle was built for just this purpose. To quickly stop the behavior by teaching the horse through positive reinforcement. Once a horse lowers his head to prepare to buck, the halter puts pressure on him, which is uncomfortable – but not harmful. When his head is up, he/she is immediately rewarded by the halter loosening the pressure. This is the time to praise him for not bucking. When his head is up and it can’t be done.

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Sometimes horses buck as an action of play. They just have excessive energy, things are going their way, and they buck to release play energy.

Bucking can also be a response to fear, anger, or pain. When a horse can’t run away from what is causing it to have these emotions, it reacts by bucking and kicking as a “fight or flight” response. Sometimes it is a sign of aggression and sometimes it can simply be a behavior problem with that particular horse.

If your horse bucks often and without obvious reason, you may need professional help to deal with it. If it doesn’t happen often or consistently, checking your equipment and your horse carefully for a reason is your best answer to stopping the behavior.

Whether you have acquired a new horse, just learning to ride, or are training a young horse to be ridden, a little knowledge can help you control a horse’s reaction to you being in the saddle. The following list a few things that may be causing the bucking. You can learn more by visition our article: Reasons and Solutions for bucking: (or whatever we call the first article)

Some things to consider if your horse is bucking are below. Solutions can be found in the article above.

  • Changing your horse’s environment. Like people, some horses aren’t easily adjusted to change. Please watch for any signs of stress if you have recently changed your horses location, exercise routine or feed.
  • Not enough exercise. Maybe he or she is spending more time in the stable that they are used to. Perhaps your horse has some pent-up energy from being confined and just needs to be outside and exercise more. Horses are no different than humans, they need regular exercise for good mental health.
  • Have you changed your horse’s feed lately? Sometimes treats can be high in energy and will make a horse jittery or have too much energy. Try feeding only good pasture or high-quality hay and see if this calms them. We all like to ‘treat’ our loved ones, but if your horse is bucking your generosity may be the cause.
  • Don’t rule out health issues. If your horse isn’t feeling well or is in pain, he or she may try and let you know by bucking. Always look your horse over thoroughly and call in a professional veterinarian if you suspect they are ill or in pain.
  • Has your horse outgrown his equipment? Ill fitting saddles and other equipment can cause a horse discomfort and may make them buck. If something is pinching, binding, or putting undue pressure on your horse, he may let you know by bucking. Look your equipment over carefully every time to make sure it fits, isn’t causing pain, and is correctly fitted to your horse. Check to see that the girth and bit are not too tight.

Your BuckBuster Tack will ship U.S.P.S. Priority Mail (2-3 days) within the United States.
You will receive tracking information via email once your order has shipped.

Yes, we will ship your BuckBuster Tack anywhere! International orders ship out via U.S. Postal Service. Tracking is available with Priority Mail. First Class Mail allow at least 2 weeks delivery.

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BuckBuster Tack
PO Box 492
Branson, MO 65615
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Yes, BuckBuster Tack is adjustable on the cheeks, noseband, throat latch, and bit straps if purchased. The included saddle strap is also fully adjustable.

Yes. It is adjustable to fit small and large horses. It will fit nearly any horse. 
Note: Belgian and Draft horses will most likely require alterations.

Probably. The BuckBuster Halter and Bridle are adjustable to fit different sizes. The ear holes will accommodate mule’s ears.
The BuckBuster Halter and Bridle will adjust down to fit most ponies.

Sometimes. If your BuckBuster Tack needs to be adjusted to a larger or smaller size, we can usually accommodate. However, specialty BuckBuster orders are non-refundable.