Balance when riding bareback
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

Balance when riding bareback

This is a discussion on Balance when riding bareback within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Bareback riding roller
  • Riding a wide horse bareback

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-09-2011, 07:15 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Balance when riding bareback

I saw a thread awhile ago about balance but can't find it and I'm not sure if there's much difference when you're riding bareback. I rode bareback this afternoon on two of my horses and couldn't go anymore then a trot. On Sam who is quite wide I can only stay on at a walk otherwise I just feel like I'm going to slip off. I sometimes even feel like I'm slipping when he walks fast or turns, I think that is partially because of his big belly swinging from side to side. Then on Pepper who is much more narrow I can stay on at a walk easily and trot easily if she doesn't weave which knocks me off balance I haven't tried cantering on her. But I'm not sure what I can do exactly because I thought I had quite good balance. I'm used to both of them taking sharps turns and constantly changing speed when they're excited. Now I think I rely on my saddle a lot more then I originally thought. Any advice other then simply riding more?? Thanks
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    03-09-2011, 08:08 AM
  #2
Started
I think I still have pretty good balance but had not rode bareback for years and forgot how much work it took when I tried last year. When I was a kid our folks wouldn't let us use a saddle until we could ride bareback.
     
    03-10-2011, 01:33 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Bump..
     
    03-10-2011, 01:38 AM
  #4
Showing
Just more riding is the best thing. Make sure you aren't tensing up your thighs more than necessary, that can make you stiff and unbalanced. Also, since you feel like you are sliding around, you might try a bareback pad. No stirrups, just a barrier between you and the horse's hair as it can sometimes be slick and hard to find purchase on. I made one of my own out of an old saddle pad and it works amazingly.
     
    03-10-2011, 02:31 AM
  #5
Yearling
^ As Smrobs said, bareback pads are really nice. No stirrups, but a suede seat can really help you stick! :)
     
    03-10-2011, 05:11 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Thanks I might have to try just using a saddle pad and see how well that works. I've ridden more and feel like I'm doing good at a walk and am trying to trot that's been ... interesting so far. I try to make sure I have my legs against his side evenly if that makes sense.
     
    03-10-2011, 07:24 AM
  #7
Trained
Apache a bareback pad usually has a girth, so you might find that you slip just as much with just a saddle pad. Have you got a lunging roller? Whack that on over the pad to keep it in place :)
     
    03-10-2011, 07:45 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Haha sorry should have mentioned I would put my lunging roller over the top to keep it in place.
     
    03-10-2011, 03:01 PM
  #9
Started
The first thing I can say is, RELAX.

No one can be balanced when they are stiff. If you are relaxed, your body can move with the horse and not against him. To be balanced you have to be fluid throughout your body.

For now, I would stick with the gaits you are most comfortable with. No use moving up to the canter if you are stiff and nervous.

At the walk and trot, really concentrate and feel how your horse moves. Notice when his shoulders move forward to stretch out to place his hoof and when his hips rise to lift and place his hoof. Listen and feel for the 4 beats of the walk and the 2 beats of the trot. Doing this will help you to relax and find your horse. Try not to clench with your legs but to think about gently holding or wrapping your horse from your hip all the way to your toe. Sit up tall and look up. Be happy. Usually tense people are scared and nervous.

As you've mentioned, different horse's body types can slightly put you different positions and can be more or less difficult to ride bareback. Wide-backed horses can be easy to sit on but a little more difficult to keep your legs in place to help keep your body position in place. Again, with these guys, stay relaxed so you can move with his body. With the narrow horses, for me, these are easier to ride bareback although slightly more uncomfortable but because they have a thinner body, its easier to keep your legs around them and keep your position.

I hope this helped in some way. More riding and time on the horse's back/in the saddle will help you most of all. :)
     
    03-10-2011, 03:30 PM
  #10
Foal
I second the above.. RELAX!

If you're tense, you're going to bounce all over the place.

And just because you are bareback, don't forget to use a good riding position - heels down, sit up straight!
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do you think Bareback riding and bitless riding should be allowed in 4-H? Eclipse295 Horse Talk 16 10-22-2012 03:27 PM
Fun with bareback riding! Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Videos 13 04-28-2009 09:55 AM
Bareback = improved seat/balance blossom856 Horse Talk 12 02-22-2008 07:11 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0