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post #1 of 12 Old 07-11-2008, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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hows our bareback going these days? pics and video

I have only 9 days left until the big show and im still struggling a little with bareback on possum. We have come a fair way and am doing much better but there are still a few constant probs. Mainly mine lol

Main things I can see is, as per usual, looking down too much, toes out a lot and my arms are a bit floppy. Hands are still but arms are floppy if that makes sense lol also I tend to collapse my upper body a bit. But anyways, here are some pics and a video

Coming out of a canter. My husband has the uncanny ability to miss everything I ask him to make sure he gets


Giving me a hard time


Still giving me a hard time but starting to relax a little


Still got some fight left in her :)


Finally...more sensible


Everything gets slightly better from here in ;) my legs are way forward in this one as we had a sudden lunge forward that I wasnt expecting






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Y5gJE006w

So if anyone can see anything I've missed or has something to say im all ears

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-11-2008, 08:21 AM
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To start with I say good job in pushing yourself into riding bareback for show... It isnt easy to ride like you are in a saddle with out one!!!

It looks as you are balancing with your hands though (it could just be the pictures) But you could also just be holding him back too (I can't watch the movie...im at work lol).

Try to sit more up and ride with you upper legs to hold you in place to avoid balancing with the reins.

Hope this makes sense, good job and best of luck!!!


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post #3 of 12 Old 07-11-2008, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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yeah I am holding her a bit at times. She is an absolute angel under saddle but isnt as good bareback. Its taken many painful hours of flatwork bareback to get her used to it enough that she doesnt go silly all the time :) apparently she had never been ridden bareback until she came to me and she is 15 she is incredibly sensitive even in the saddle. The slightest shift in body weight or pressure with the legs and she responds. That makes her extra sensitive when riding bareback

As far as I know I don't used the reins for balance. I get my hubby to lunge me on her bareback sometimes and I don't use reins. I tie a lead rope to hang on to if I need to but I do that to ensure im not balancing on her reins. Doesnt mean im not at times though but im pretty steady...i think I try very hard to make sure I don't hang

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post #4 of 12 Old 07-11-2008, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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anyone? Anything else? Im almost positive there is :)

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post #5 of 12 Old 07-16-2008, 06:37 PM
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I think you look great. The video is much better than the pictures, you can see how soft you both are. She has a lovely "whoa." It appears from the video, your whoa was all from your seat. Great job!
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-16-2008, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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thank you :)

The whoah was all seat. She is a beautifully responsive horse although she has only just started listening to me when we are bareback. Thank you for your kind words :)

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post #7 of 12 Old 07-16-2008, 11:53 PM
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Maybe put your heels down a tad bit more and keep your legs under you,but other than that I don't really see anything
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-26-2008, 09:34 AM
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I think what you need to do the most would be your posture. Because from there everything should fall in place the way it should be, because I noticed in the pics that your shoulders were in.

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-27-2008, 07:09 AM
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I think it looks good, just looking down a bit but other than that....nothing. EXCEPT for you need to wear a helmet. I know I probarly sound like my (or your) mom but the thing is, if say, some idiots came riding past on motorbikes, your horse could spook, or if someone else looses control over their horse ect. Especially if you're riding bareback and you don't have any stirrups. Like I said before, I don't mean to nag or lecture you or to say your horse is unsafe(shes gorgeous BTW) im just sayinng....

People have always scared me a bit, you see - they're so complicated. I suppose that's why I prefer horses.








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post #10 of 12 Old 07-27-2008, 02:00 PM
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Good job. Open your hips up more, When you do transitions you want lean back. If you move through your hips.

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