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post #1 of 6 Old 07-18-2011, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 6 Old 07-18-2011, 03:20 AM
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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.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-18-2011, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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LOL thanks smrobs, its going to be so much nicer bareback now :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-18-2011, 07:12 PM
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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.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-18-2011, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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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 :)

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-18-2011, 08:41 PM
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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.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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