Bareback - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Endurance Riding

Bareback

This is a discussion on Bareback within the Endurance Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

    Like Tree32Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        06-15-2014, 09:08 PM
      #11
    Foal
    If you're going to do endurance, I'd suggest the bareback pad. I've always had it drilled into my head to not use the stirrups on the bareback pads though. I haven't used them so I don't know what the horror stories are about, but yeah. Just be careful. And make sure you have a good seat and your horse won't spook or act up at all. Nothing like a horse spinning and bolting with you on bareback!

    Good luck!
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        06-15-2014, 10:41 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PandaJinxes    
    If you're going to do endurance, I'd suggest the bareback pad. I've always had it drilled into my head to not use the stirrups on the bareback pads though. I haven't used them so I don't know what the horror stories are about, but yeah. Just be careful. And make sure you have a good seat and your horse won't spook or act up at all. Nothing like a horse spinning and bolting with you on bareback!

    Good luck!
    There's a few issues with stirrups on bareback pads.

    First, they provide a false sense of security to the rider.

    Second, your foot can easily become tangled in the stirrup should your horse spook or bolt, and since there's nothing keeping you on the horse (not like the cantle and swells of a saddle), you're likely to be dragged.

    Third, and most important, the stirrups are attached to the same band of webbing that the girth is attached to. This creates a concentrated pressure point on the horse's back because the stirrups take the majority of the rider's weight. Instead of the weight being even distributed across the back, as it would be in a saddle, you instead of the majority of the weight concentrated on a 2-3" wide band across the horse's back. This can lead to major issues.
    smrobs, Saranda, BlueSpark and 1 others like this.
         
        06-16-2014, 05:19 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone for the input! I did get to try it out yesterday and it went well, but not ideal as I was hoping for. I don't know that's he's ever been ridden bareback, but he was nice and calm and didn't walk off when I first got on which he always does with the saddle. Now I'm thinking the reason for that is discomfort related, which makes me feel bad. I rode him around for about 15 minutes in the arena and all I can say is I'm not as good as I once was! His trot is much more bouncy than my old QH, I gripped with my thighs to lift me up a bit so I wasn't crashing down on his back or anything but my lack of ideal balance became evident when doing circles trotting. I'm not terrible but definitely have work to do! Also when I dismounted I noticed the pad had slipped back a bit. Not a good thing if I am to do 5-10 mile rides.

    So my consensus is that saddle or not, I will do some bareback work to improve my balance and seat, along with muscles because you need those! However I am feeling it is not going to work solely. Kind of sucks because I haven't sold my Crosby yet. Evilamc may have an Aussie saddle that will work for him, I sen her a wither tracing with measurements to give us an idea. If all else fails I will send in either tracings to a saddlery or saddle fitter to help us figure out what would work for him. Sigh!
    smrobs likes this.
         
        06-17-2014, 10:39 AM
      #14
    Showing
    For years I rode my "bareback designed" horse on trail rides. People have the idea a bareback rider's pelvic bones dig in and create sore spots. When you think about it, bareback riders move around a fair amount because they aren't restricted by the saddle. Only when bareback could I get my boy to lift his back and do an incredibly floaty trot. If you want to firm up your tush, squeeze your butt muscles when trotting.
    Atomicodyssey likes this.
         
        06-17-2014, 03:23 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Check with ride management for rides in your area about their rules.. many rides up here require a saddle. When I had the girth issue with George at Vermont last year, finishing the ride bareback was not an option, as saddles were required.
    Atomicodyssey likes this.
         
        06-20-2014, 04:47 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Guess I'm fortunate that I've never had a ride manager say anything. Perhaps I'll get a medical note from my Rheumatologist to carry with me just in case. I believe ADA guidelines would still be in effect. Especially if my health holds up and I start prepping for 75-100s in 2015-16.

    Atom, it did take me a full year of trail riding bareback before I was confident in my abilities again. And I had ridden bb throughout my teen years! Sometimes you will see me holding mane for security during the first part of the ride. When everyone's cantering and the horses are darting and jumping eroded areas.

    But now I can even handle finishing out green spooky horses bareback. Stick on like glue :)
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        06-21-2014, 12:34 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Perhaps I just need practice! Sure beats not riding at all. Either way I feel at least "some" bareback riding can benefit everybody. My pad does seem to slip back a little bit, it doesn't have D rings for a breast collar but I could probably add those on? From the flyers I've read for rides I'm interested in it hasn't said anything about requiring a saddle, only a helmet.
         
        06-21-2014, 02:12 PM
      #18
    Foal
    If your bb pad has the loop at the withers, just hook your breast collar through that and hook it to western girth ring.

    I think it comes down that you have to finish your ride in the equipment you started out with. (Except for changing out girth/ saddle blanket at vet check)
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        06-21-2014, 06:21 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Well today I am embarking on my first trail ride on Bandit bareback. My old horse I didn't use a saddle for years, but I was also a better rider and was used to him after many years! Hopefully I will still be alive to report back LOL. I am meeting a friend out there so I won't be alone for long. Not going to trot much, just a good long walk mostly. Drinking a little bit of liquid courage and I'm out! I don't believe there is a strap on the pad but I will have to double check when I'm out there, even so my only current breast plate is a heavy western style... I'd like to get a more English style that goes over the withers. One day when I'm not poor.
    smrobs and MN Tigerstripes like this.
         
        06-21-2014, 06:33 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Good luck! Let us know how it goes
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Better bareback? mystikal222 Horse Training 5 02-26-2014 06:20 PM
    Bareback Fifi6523 Natural Horsemanship 16 11-27-2013 11:40 PM
    Bareback help? konikirule Horse Riding 3 08-08-2013 05:11 AM
    bareback? Horsecrazy4ever Horse Riding 4 07-09-2012 08:40 AM
    Bareback? Wallaby Horse Riding 13 05-21-2009 04:06 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:13 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0