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post #1 of 11 Old 08-12-2009, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback dressage work. =]

I rode my mare bareback this morning, for the first time in ages. It was incredible. Quite a rocky start, especially at the trot. It was ridiculous. But I finally got her paying attention, and it didn't take her long before she started trying to canter. That's a good sign, haha. She only tries to canter when she is balanced and pushing at least a little more from her haunches than pulling from the front. So I kept her trotting for awhile, took a walk break, and decided to let her canter. She did WONDERFUL. And it was just amazing to really FEEL her muscles moving underneath me. I can just feel so much more when I'm not in a saddle. It's like being blind your whole life and then all of a sudden, you can see! I'm just proud. God, I love my horse. She's been doing so well lately, see post I'm just so PROUD! XD It's just incredible to see your horse improving. I wish I had someone to take a video of every ride, and then maybe I could share it all a little better. I like to share when she's doing so well. I'm so proud, and I want everyone else to be proud too. =]

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-16-2009, 02:53 PM
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Isn't it great! I love working my boys bareback. Trotting on Kai is always awkward at first but once you really get into it and he smoothes out and engages, it is lovely. His canter bareback is lovely too and he usually comes nice and round straight away, sort of holding me there :)

It would be great to see pics and vids of you working bareback
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I love working bareback. For some reason I'd have to say that all of the horses I've ever done it on seem to enjoy it more as well. And it gives you an awesome seat! =D
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Meh, I cannot ride bareback with Boo at all - he has a spine that kills my vajayjay. I tried once, with my friend - and I couldn't sit on his back any longer than 20 seconds. I got on, moved a few strides and said "nope, ain't going to happen" and hopped off.

I envy those who can ride bareback!

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I've been trying bareback on my shark fin wither 2x4 of an TB with the help of a bareback pad. I still have to sit a little tucked under to not come in contact with pain, but I can see where bareback riding is addictive. I love being that much in tune with him. I only walk since I figure I'm still basically sitting on his spine even with a pad. It just can't be good for him.
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Haha, I feel your pain MIEventer and MyBoyPuck. Fortunately, although my horse is high withered, she makes for a remarkably comfortable bareback ride.

I wish I could get a video. I rarely ever get anyone out to the barn to take pictures or anything. Maybe someday. I would like to have them on file anyway. =]

I had ridden bareback for like a week straight, and then threw a saddle on and decided we needed to do some serious work. I'm not able to work her real hard bareback, I get tired, and the more tired she gets, the harder it is for her to carry herself, which would mean her gaits gets worse and it's harder to ride, so I try and only push her a little more each ride. But anywho, I got on my saddle and I felt like I could have been sitting with a foot of distance between me and her back. It was really awkward after being able to feel her so well before.

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I ride Zu bareback sometimes. He's not a fan. He hollows out his back and doesn't move nicely at all. Even if you're really forgiving with how you're sitting and don't bounce, he just does not like it. He's also very uncomfortable, ha ha. He takes the opportunity to express his displeasure by bucking and doing bunny hopping. I can sit them fine but oh my god does it hurt to land on those withers!

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I love working bareback too...actually since moving to AZ I haven't bothered putting a saddle on, as by the time I get to my boy at night, it's already getting dark...soooo...rather than waste time, I do his ground work to get him loosened up and paying attention, get him bridled up, and perhaps a bareback pad on, and off we go...I love the fact that I have TONS of space here to ride too...Lol!

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Oh, yes I love riding bareback! I know exactly what you mean about feeling her muscles moving beneath you.
I don't ride Miss T bareback as often as I'd like to. Comfort-wise, she's in the middle so sometimes I use a bareback pad. It really helps me with my balance, as I tend to lean too much to one side. Her gaits are so nice to sit to when she's round.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-18-2009, 03:16 PM
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i ride phoebe bareback all the time and she is so comfortable you cant even feel her withers there lol oh and my pony patch has completly flat withers so he is great to ride bareback
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