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post #1 of 34 Old 01-25-2011, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback Tips?

So ive never rode my Tb bareback until yesterday i decided to walk him back to his pen instead of me walking in the deep snow ><
haha so anyways i wanna start riding him bareback alot more to develope a better leg and seat, but he has high withers and boney spine,,, any tips?
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post #2 of 34 Old 01-25-2011, 09:29 PM
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hmmm well if the horse is boney, i would get a bareback pad (or a saddle pad will do but it wont have a strap to hold in place). if you really want to work on balance thats the way to go. bare back is hard, but once you get use to it you will be wanting to bare back more often.

when troting and cantering use you legs to keep you from bouncing and that will keep you from causing you AND your horse to go off balance
(you can post but it will take alot-ALOT of work to start posting bareback......well it did me LOL).
. HAVE FUN! hope i helped :p

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Haha! I have the same problem! When I ride him in his blanket it hurts a lot less because there is padding there. Maybe try getting a bareback pad will reduce the pain of his withers wacking your pelvic bone when you are trotting. lol. I don't don't know if it is really still considered "bareback" though because your butt and legs do tend to grip better to that material.

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post #4 of 34 Old 01-25-2011, 09:40 PM
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lol i had a small Qh i would bare back on and it was amazing!she was so smooth.......then, i would ride my TWH..... another story lets just say when i came off i was walking with wide legs for daysXD loved them to death!!!!!!they were both old...passed a few years ago

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I think once he is conditioned alot better he will be less boney ahha
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post #6 of 34 Old 01-25-2011, 10:01 PM
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OK, I just wanna add, I always rode bareback and never owned a saddle, (or horse,just borrowed) now I own a horse and saddle and I may say, learning to ride in a saddle is way harder. I used to gallop, trot & canter bareback, no prob, but staying in a saddle while moving is rough, I'm learning though, ride bareback it's the only way to learn true balance.Also, sit back as in a chair, will relieve a bony back, some horses are better for bareback than others, I agree with the bareback pad, just make sure it's not slippery, n you got grip.

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The only way to get good bareback is to ride bareback a lot. Something just seems to click in your balance system and you never feel unstable again. It takes a while for your body to adjust and properly compensate and learn to balance, I suppose.

I can ride bareback at all three gaits on any horse. It took me a week of constant bareback (riding bareback every day for three to four hours) to get it to "click".
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Bareback on a TB is sooooo painful. I have a thick pad and I still feel like I'm sitting on a 2x4. I can't do it. I just take the stirrups off my saddle to improve my seat.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #9 of 34 Old 01-26-2011, 04:31 AM
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I envy you guys who say how easy it is to ride bareback. I would like to ride bareback again, but one; my horse will occasionally do sudden and terrific spins that unseat me from a saddle! two: honestly, I feel too old and stiff to risk falling and I know that at first I would probably slide off a few times at least. I just don't bounce. I am ok in really controlled circumstances, like a round pen and then , I do enjoy it.
Also, with regard to the OP, although thbds are bony, a narrow horse can actually be easier to stay on. Your legs go down each side like a paperclip on paper, and seem to just hug better. A really wide pony is like riding a table, your legs go out to the edge, and then drop off into space; nothing to grip if the need arises, (tho I know that it's not about grip, it's about balance.)
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post #10 of 34 Old 01-26-2011, 08:48 AM
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it comes easier to some, then others... after awhile you will get the hang of it :) my horse is a "WIDE LOAD" so its hard to ride him bareback sometimes, cause i cant grip my legs right :)

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