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        09-09-2013, 10:43 AM
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    Yearling
    The Art Of Bareback

    I wasn't planning on riding yesterday, but then I changed my mind and hopped on bareback for a couple of minutes for the first time in years. The feeling I got from the closeness was incredible, so I went out today with the intention of riding bareback. I even ended up doing some trotting, or jogging really, and it was incredible. It beat my sitting trot in the saddle by miles!

    But onto the point. I found myself wiggling around a bit, tensing different muscles to try and work out the best way to sit. It doesn't help that my old boy has shark fin withers and a rather bony back, so it feels like I slide around all over his spine, which can't be comfortable for him.

    So what has everyone found to be the 'best' technique? At one point I tried, as lovely as it sounds, riding with clenched butt muscles, and it got me up off his spine a little more. Other times I tried curling my legs around him, putting my legs forward, underneath me, gripping with my thighs, gripping with my calves... And they all seemed to have their pros and cons.

    I'd love to do some more bareback as I could feel how it was working my thighs, helping my balance, and I could feel every movement he made. But, I want to make sure I do it 'properly' as, as a bigger rider, I think it's even more important for me to be able to do it the best way for him.
         
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        09-09-2013, 10:51 AM
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    Green Broke
    Subbing.

    I have never really ridden bareback. My TBX tried to buck me off, my old school masters had withers that would reorganise anatomy and a horrid habit of trying it on, my mare Duffy was in build up and wasn't overly muscled on her back.. and then Dubai I cooled off a few times bareback but as a baby I felt more comfortable knowing if anything happened I had a saddle to stick too haha!
         
        09-09-2013, 11:37 AM
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    Yearling
    I LOVE bareback.

    I find that wrapping my legs around her barrel often throws the rest of my body out of balance, so I try more to keep my balance on my butt bones, and lean just slightly more back than I would in my english saddle. Besides, you don't keep your calf on the horse in the saddle, why would you without one.. I rock my hips forward more with her movement, and don't bother to try to stay up on her whithers. She's got a bit of a shark fin too, less of one since she's got some more topline, but I find that letting her movement put me in place generally makes it more comfortable for both of us.

    Relaxing your hips and lower back will help immensely. It takes practice, but like you said, sitting bareback is a thousand times easier than sitting in the saddle and will actually help you find that smoothness in the saddle after enough time without it. (in my experience anyhow)

    But mostly, practice practice practice. Annnnnnd, bareback pad. I prefer the kind without stirrups, but they make all sorts of them. Helps with the whither, you still get the closeness, and it keeps the "bareback butt" to a minimum.

    Hope that helps a little. :) I always think its great when people choose to explore bareback. Good for you!
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