Its like riding on a broomstick..or jaws...

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Its like riding on a broomstick..or jaws...

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    07-18-2011, 01:32 AM
Its like riding on a broomstick..or jaws...

My TB mare has suuuper high pointy withers :P You could probably mistake her for a hairy shark if she were underwater....

Aaanyways, I'm trying to work on my balance and lower leg strength and I really loved bareback riding on my plump little QH, but when I sat on her bareback the other day, she took two steps away from the mounting block and I had to get off, oh the pain. I went back and put on the saddle pad and got on, not much difference, plus it slipped a lot on her lovely groomed back.

It felt a ton better when I sat further back, but I wasn't in the spot I was always told to be in, I swear I was almost in the middle of her back, I felt so stupid.

So my point is, is it okay to sit back a little further than normal to avoid the hoo-ha crushing shark fin withers? I don't ride bareback for more than about 20-30 minutes to finish off our ride. And only once maybe twice a week. Plus if its any help I weigh around 100lbs. So I'm not that big.

Any help would be great ! :)
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    07-18-2011, 04:20 AM
If you are worried about hurting her back, don't. I understand about wanting to avoid big withers on some horses LOL, but the chance that you would be able to hurt her is non-existent, as small as you are. There is absolutely nothing wrong with scooching back just a bit to avoid torture.
    07-18-2011, 10:51 AM
LOL thanks smrobs, its going to be so much nicer bareback now :)
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    07-18-2011, 08:12 PM
I use a bareback pad with another thick pad under that. I can barely feel that shark fin and still get the benefits for riding without a saddle.
    07-18-2011, 08:15 PM
I wish I owned a bareback pad :( I do have a super thick saddle pad, maybe that will work in tune with sitting a little further back. Thanks guys :)
    07-18-2011, 09:41 PM
My bareback pad is nothing more than a regular thick saddle pad with an overgirth. Works just as well (maybe better) than the ones that are commercial and it was ever so much cheaper.

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