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post #1 of 13 Old 05-26-2009, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback....

So I definitely rode Lacey bareback for the first time ever in the time I've owned her. She was pretty amazing (stopping when I got out of balance, doing a little western jog instead of a major trot) so I was super proud.
Anyway.
So my plan is to ride her bareback lots more this summer to work on our "togetherness" and to work on my seat, and since I don't have a saddle yet that fits her well it seems like a good option.

Anyway, what I'm really posting about, is that when I did get on her bareback I noticed that my legs were oddly forwardish. It was like I was only touching her with my feet and thighs, no knee or calf contact. I presume that's a bad thing... So I tried bringing my legs back, just a little since they really weren't that far forward, and relaxing them down on to her sides. She got a little freaked out about having my legs so far around her sides cuz I have pretty long legs and she's one of those stereotypically short, wide and round Arabs. She calmed down easily though so no worries.

I guess my question is: should my legs be up like that? How should I have them placed so that I don't feel like my feet are dragging on the ground and so that we have the best communication possible?
Photos would be great if anybody wants to do that...

Thank you! And sorry for how long this is... I'm really wordy. >.<

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-26-2009, 10:25 PM
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you should be sitting in about the same place as you would if you had a saddle on her. Different conformations could have something to do with what parts of your leg touch her, but you shouldn't be trying to touch her with all your leg if it's unnatural i.e. - if you have to squeeze to make contact. I'll see if I can find some pics, but if your contact is approximate to where it will be under saddle, then your cues should be fine either way. Not sure if that came out the way I wanted, but ....

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post #3 of 13 Old 05-26-2009, 11:24 PM
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Ride with them straight down like you would with stirrups. If your legs are too forward, look to make sure you are sitting straight and not slouching.

This is my draft when he was a youngster:

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Shoulder , elbow , hip and ankle should be in a straight line perpendicular to the floor . As Solon says try stretching your legs down - this will give you a better position and a deeper seat.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-27-2009, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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So should my feet be dangling there or should they be touching her sides or should they just be where ever they end up, touching or not? I think that's what throws me off since my feet can't touch her sides so well when I'm bareback so I try to raise them... or something.
Thanks!

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Your calves are along the sides and your feet dangle. In my picture I've got my heel on his side because we were trying to do a movement when the pic was taken. I often let me feet dangle and just hang when I'm pleasure riding. When you want to make the horse yield, apply pressure with your calves and heels.
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-27-2009, 10:13 PM
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Yea, I just kinda dangle everything. Just reeeeeellllllllllllaaaaaaaaaxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx it helps alot. Horse's are alot more sensetive to bareback and they don't need as strong cues. Let everything kinda go loosy goosy, and keep your legs there, if that made ANY sense at all!

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post #8 of 13 Old 05-27-2009, 10:35 PM
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i agree with stormyblues 100% a thing that Wild_spot taught me that really works is tooo.......SIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGGG lalalalalalalalala hehe it relaxes you heaps. :P good luck i love riding bareback! its great fun!
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-27-2009, 10:37 PM
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^oh, and it relaxes a neverous horse too! Blue like Jingle Bells the best!

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post #10 of 13 Old 05-27-2009, 11:47 PM
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hehe, i just listen to the music on my phone, as loud as it can go & sing along, (when no one can hear lol) but some horses would be scared of blaring music coming out of a strange object in your pocket so maybe not a good idea lol :P
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