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        07-27-2013, 03:54 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Here is one exercise that my horse and I did when I first started to ride her bareback. (I had ridden bareback WTC before but it had been like 25 years) Ok first thing, warm up by standing on the fence stretches to get my leg over horse's back. Once realizing that isn't going to work, take my right leg in my hand and throw it over horse's back. Apologize to horse. Pet horse on neck and politely ask horse not to move for a minute. When horse starts to move assume the crash position and grab lots of mane. Do neck stretches right to left side to side to make sure nobody sees me being taken into the barn by my horse. Beg horse not to go faster than a quick walk while she takes me into the barn. More neck stretches and quick dismount. Take off halter and shamefully sulk away.

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        07-31-2013, 07:04 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by lightning    
    Here is one exercise that my horse and I did when I first started to ride her bareback. (I had ridden bareback WTC before but it had been like 25 years) Ok first thing, warm up by standing on the fence stretches to get my leg over horse's back. Once realizing that isn't going to work, take my right leg in my hand and throw it over horse's back. Apologize to horse. Pet horse on neck and politely ask horse not to move for a minute. When horse starts to move assume the crash position and grab lots of mane. Do neck stretches right to left side to side to make sure nobody sees me being taken into the barn by my horse. Beg horse not to go faster than a quick walk while she takes me into the barn. More neck stretches and quick dismount. Take off halter and shamefully sulk away.

    Lol this is the best thing I've read all day!


    And an update, I am getting better with my balance but I still feel like im leaning, I will try to get better pictures soon
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        08-01-2013, 02:38 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Hi, I have had this problem,however it was the other way round.. I was used to riding bare back and when I was on the saddle I found my position was terrible,especially my back position..before you get onto the horse lean forward and touch your toes, keep in this position for as long as you can before it starts to ache slightly, then roll your hips around into circular motions clockwise for 30 seconds, then aunti clockwise for the next 30, when your in your canter you may feel your position is bad? I was always told when I was bareback to pretend their was a 10 note below my bottom and if I rise to high to my canter it would blow away,this worked,you just need to put your mind to it!! Good luck with your riding if your feeling uncomfortable until your used to riding bareback again you could lean back slightly,but don't do this too often as you will get a habbit of it! Hope I helped you,megan x
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        08-01-2013, 02:42 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Ride the walk, one hour/day/next 2 weeks in an arena without stirrups. If you have a balance problem it won't get better bareback, and bruises from falls won't help you relax in the saddle, either.
    You will retrain yourself to sit deep in the saddle and your back will relax and move with the rhythm of the horse's movement. The walk and the canter have movement while the trot will just bounce you around.
    After you master the walk without stirrups, master walk/trot transitions without them. When you THINK you can handle it use canter transitions for maybe 3-5 strides at a time.
         
        08-01-2013, 07:27 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Take it sloooow. I ride primarily bareback on our hilly trails, I've had a few friends want to go bareback with me and they've all gotten very sore, had a spill, or we had to turn back early.

    My secret when learning how to go bareback on my free broke horse? Invest in a suede bareback pad. When you aren't worrying as much about slipping off, you can focus more on your posture.

    Practice makes perfect, good luck!
         

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