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post #1 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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doubling bareback?

I have always wondered.. is riding with 2 people on one horse damaging to their backs at all, does it hurt them?

My mare is 1050lbs, not sure if she could hold it?

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post #2 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 02:14 AM
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I am pretty anti bareback...not all the time,mnd you, but most of it. I would not ride a horse double at all, let alone bareback, seems like it is too much unsupported pressure to me. Especially if the riders in question are anything less than perfectly balanced...

Just my opinion...

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post #3 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for your input, is there any scientific facts about if it is bad for your horse, or is it just an opinion?

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I believe that a horse can support 20% of its own body weight but that doesn't mean it should.
I have ridden double at a walk and the horse did not feel stressed at all. I have also ridden double at a trot for a short period and the horse didn't mind.
But I don't think it would be fair to do strenous work whilst riding double.
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I don't think it would be a problem at all unless it was fairly regularly... Many horses very hapily carry two riders =D

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post #6 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 05:26 AM
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There are facts to support it, but that just opens a can of worms, so I will stick with opinion.

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post #7 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 05:47 AM
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Theres facts. It hurts both rider and horse. Watch the video below, may help you understand. Its in the second part.


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post #8 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 05:52 AM
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LOL I remember when you posted that video on here, you guys ate it good time!

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post #9 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 08:00 AM
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I haven't ridden double bareback, but i've had a person sit behind my saddle many times with no issues. If the horse is well muscled and in shape I don't think it would be a problem if you just walk around.

Heck, when I was younger I had 2 people behind my saddle once...

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post #10 of 86 Old 12-28-2009, 08:37 AM
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If you look at where the second rider sits behind your saddle(closer to the hips rather than in the middle of the back, plus you have a saddle supporting you...) and where a second rider would sit bareback(closer to the middle of the back, smaller area of pressure in a weaker area of the spine...) it is quite a bit different.

Just wanted to point that out, I won't post on this thread again, most disagree with my views on this, and I would rather this stay positive and helpful than a big debate over bareback riding...

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