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    05-28-2009, 11:56 PM
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Yearling
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So my instructor and I have been doing lessons for about 4 months and we've worked a lot on walk and trot in the saddle and she says I'm doing excellent. I feel soo much more confident than I did before. Well, she wants to move on to doing a bit of cantering and some minor dressage moves.
I want to make sure that I'm completely confident in my balance before moving onto anything faster than a trot. Bareback is also a massive weakness of mine. I've only been on a horse bareback once when I was 10 and I was TERRIFIED! Nothing bad happened but that feeling is still with me and I want to be as comfortable in every situation as I can.

So, I've asked my instructor if we could try a few lessons bareback at the walk and maybe a bit at trot once I'm settled in. I think this is probably the safest way to become comfortable with it. What do you guys think? Good idea? How did you get over the bareback jitters?
     
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    05-28-2009, 11:59 PM
  #2
Green Broke
My Gramps wouldn't let us ride in a saddle (except for 4-H) until we could put the saddle on ourselves so we all rode bareback.

It can be nerve wracking but all you have to do is think about relaxing your lower back and move with the horse. It's really a lot of fun and I bet you enjoy riding bareback more than with the saddle. Just sit up straight, don't strangle the horse with your legs and be square on his back.

Start out smooth and get off after a few minutes to keep your confidence up. Then just keep adding time and voila! You'll be riding regularly.
     
    05-29-2009, 03:04 AM
  #3
Yearling
Try having some lunge lessons without using stirrups - this is a half way house to bareback . You can gain some confidence with your balance .
Any lack of confidence - or your being scared may transmit to your horse and cause a problem .
     
    05-29-2009, 03:57 AM
  #4
Yearling
I am in the same boat as you in a way.
I am learning walking and trotting and my riding instructor wants to start cantering soon. Last week we did some bareback. The first time I ever did bareback I freaked out. I was so nervous. The second time was very stressful at first, but then I got the hang of it. I went about 7 metres of trotting lol. Bareback is actually fun, in a way. Except, here is a warning. Your bum hurts so much afterwards that it isn't funny ^^
     
    05-29-2009, 04:24 AM
  #5
Yearling
Bareback is great - provided you have the right horse.
I had such a good bond with my first mare that we could jump about 1m and it was not unknown to race up the stubble fields at full gallop - all without a saddle.
Nothing like it for feeling how a horse moves underneath you.
     
    05-29-2009, 08:50 PM
  #6
Trained
Bareback is great fun. =]

I would start with baby steps. Someone suggested riding without stirrups, and I totally agree. Learn how to sit, post, and two point the trot without them. It builds muscle and confidence, and it also helps you to get the feel of your horses' movement. Hopefully, you always ride the same horse. And it would also be a good idea to practice dropping and then picking back up your stirrups at the walk and trot so that if you do get off-balance, you can get your stirrups and hopefully avoid a tumble. =] And make sure that you aren't using your horses' mouth to balance yourself on. Having someone lunge you so you don't have to worry about controlling your horse is a big help.

You can also try riding in just a saddle pad and a surcingle, if the equipment is available. It takes away the bulk of the saddle so you get the feel of the horses' movement without the worry of just slipping off a bare back.

Good luck, and have fun! Just remember that tight, tense muscles are going to make it that much harder to stay on. =]
     
    06-01-2009, 09:48 AM
  #7
Yearling
Well I had my bareback lesson! It went well, I didn't fall and over all I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be. Probably not going to do it again though because of well..semi-damaged lady parts..

I know my form isnt exactly great. Lol I kept getting off balanced so I was hunched forward a bit to catch myself. My feet were all off too since I didn't have stirrups, I completely forgot about them!

I thought we were going to start out on a lunge line and with a bareback pad but instead she just told me to do the normal lesson, walk and trot around the barrels. Hehe you can see my concern! But I had a ton of fun. =)
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