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    12-28-2009, 03:03 PM
  #11
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Bareback is not bad for the horse, IMHO. The indians rode barback all the time, and somtimes had to ride double, I bet. And yet, the horse breed is still here today, so obviously the indians didn't hurt them. I would ride double bareback all the time, but I little won't hurt. And plus, by yourslef bareback is a great way to gain balance! But where a helmet riding double bareback, at least!
     
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    12-28-2009, 03:16 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Gidji    
I believe that a horse can support 20% of its own body weight but that doesn't mean it should.
That 20% refers to an endurance horse and it's chances of successfully covering 100 miles. For short periods any horse can carry more then 20%. I have given others a lift and at times the horse carried 350 pounds and seemed to handle it fine at a slow lope. That was a 870 pound arab.

2 girls will not harm a horse riding double. As for bareback I too am against it but not in this case. 2 girls will only walk along harming nothing.

I hate bareback riding but not for just a slow walk in the park.
     
    12-28-2009, 03:20 PM
  #13
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[quote=thunderhooves;502936]Bareback is not bad for the horse, IMHO. The indians rode barback all the time, and somtimes had to ride double, I
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Bareback puts to much pressure over a small area. Think of your butt pones digging into the horses back. Indians didn't ribe bareback as much as most think. They made saddles out of green buffalo hides. Other then the Greeks no one rode a war horse bareback into battle

Agian I feel 2 girls out for a walk bareback will do no harm to a horse.
A lone person going to a 10 mile ride at speed will harm a horse if riding bareback over time. It is all about PSI Pounds Per Square inch.
     
    12-28-2009, 09:51 PM
  #14
Trained
Wow, I do it all the time, with and without a saddle. My mare has never had a problem with it, and I don't care what "facts" there are for it, if Ricci didn't like it or was in pain, she'd tell me. O_O
     
    12-28-2009, 10:08 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I ride bareback all the time, I have ridden bareback double, my horse was neither in pain or unomfortable. If they have a well muscled back it shouldnt hurt at all.
Personally, my hrose has big withers,so it hurts me alot more o_0 lol
     
    12-28-2009, 10:19 PM
  #16
Foal
I agree that bareback is ok. Used to do it all the time as a kid. Was easier to go bareback than put the darn saddle on. Never had a horse buck or pin their ears when doing this either. Id do it now except my mare is 2 and has high withers so it hurts me more than her. Plus my balance sucks as I get older. Hitting the ground isnt fun anymore:) Go for it!
     
    12-28-2009, 10:40 PM
  #17
Trained
Me & my sis ride double bareback, my horse doesnt mind at all. We don't do it a lot, but we will w/t/c
     
    12-29-2009, 03:52 AM
  #18
Trained
Someone posted a link comparing the pressure points caused when a horse is ridden bareback vs with a saddle, and bareback actually caused LESS pressure points than with a saddle... I don't remember who it was, that posted it, or which thread it was in (geuss I'll be searching for it).

I've always ridden more bareback than with a saddle, and most of the horses I've had, seemed to enjoy being 'naked' for our long outings.
     
    12-29-2009, 04:24 AM
  #19
Weanling
My first horse doubled all the time, never had a back problem.
Of course the riders were well balanced and not overly big.
     
    12-29-2009, 08:43 AM
  #20
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A horse's back should not have more then 1 pound per square inch. A typical western saddle is lucky , the bare tree that is, is lucky to have 60 square inches of area actually carrying weight. I measure 2 trees a few months ago when I pulled them from new saddles for custom fitting on the horse.
I am 190 without the saddle or about 210 with a saddle. Divide 210 by 60 and you get 3.5 psi. Still way too much.
I rode in a custom trooper for 20 years that had over 300 square inches of support or under 1 psi and although I rode at 220 pounds and over 30,000 miles not once did I run into a back problem. I kept the psi down.
A 120 pound girl with butt bones pressing into the horse can make for a very uncomfortable ride for the horse and if IF a person could honestly ride for any length of time bareback and at speed, like a good working trot or lope it would not be good for the horse. The saddle spreads the load and makes sure that no extreme pressure points dig into the back.
A don't beleive that anyone can really work a horse bareback. Sure a walk in the park but not really work.
Pick a good working trot and hold it for 30 minutes would reduce any bareback rider to mush or even pick a lope and hold it for 30 minutes over hills, up and down and your bareback riding will again be reduced to mush.
We are just not that strong and yes I have loped many a circle bareback in the arena and for extended time.
     

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