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post #1 of 6 Old 11-12-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Another Bareback Thread ;D

My mare isn't the best candidate for bareback. Her gaits are choppy and unless you're used to them, they can be uncomfortable/hard to sit. Thankfully I'm completely used to them! I do have problems, though. When jumping bareback, she bucks afterwards. Nothing big, she NEVER bucks with a saddle, only after a jump bareback, and she's not very good at bucking. So I don't come off.
Also, I try to sit with 'dressage' legs.. I had a nice lunge lesson with a Grand Prix trainer and she taught me some cool things concerning balance and how jumpers like me can develop a tight leg. I really only ride with a 'dressage' leg when riding on the flat and riding bareback. It works amazingly for the trot bareback, I don't bounce around at all! But when I canter, it's a bit of a different story. I think I must go back to my 'tight jumper leg' or something, because when cantering bareback, she gets really fast and I can't stop her. She just collects more and more and more. I tried doing a TIGHT circle to stop her, but she's an eq pony and she did the tight turn, changed leads and went happily the other way, not breaking the canter. Eventually, I stopped her, but I'll admit it was a bit unnerving.. I don't get afraid of not being able to stop with the saddle on, but without it, I don't feel as secure, and my chances of falling are doubled.

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I've often found out that if you are getting nervous or feel like you're loosing you balance you tend to scrunch up more. (Bring your legs up and tight, like jumpers position and lean forward, grab with heels) This asks the horse to go faster, and then from there it is hard to find the hold to really ask for slowing down and stopping. Part of it is that it will just take time to establish the confidence and balance. The more you relax and sit up, the more you are likely to let your leg drop down and find the comfortable long leg with bareback.

Now I on the other hand have the opposite problem, I do fine bareback but my leg draws up with the saddle and I loose my stirrups. ;P


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learn the emergency stop
Theres a few threads on it I think and that way if you don't think you can pull her back you can just use an emergency stop
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This is a new problem. I used to be able to canter her bareback fine and stop. My legs are long, I just hold on tight. And When I did the one rein stop, she just pivoted and kept going.

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