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post #1 of 10 Old 08-30-2011, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Balancing bareback :O

How can I balance bareback?
I can walk easily (of course) but as soon as we trot I slip everywhere and usually end up on the ground, so I gave up for a while but I really would like to try again.
Has any got any tips or advice?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-30-2011, 09:23 PM
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Keep doing it.

There really is no easier fix. The only way you can get better at riding bareback is to ride bareback more. With enough practice, you will get better.

Trotting bareback can be hard, especially if you have a bouncy horse. You really just have to remember to relax, sit up tall, and sort of move with the horse, if that makes any sense.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-30-2011, 11:46 PM
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It's something you have to just practice at. The biggest thing: Relax. Feel your horse and allow your body to move with it.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-30-2011, 11:50 PM
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Bareback clicks. You'll ride for six days going all over the place... And on day seven you mount up and you can just do it.

Keep at it.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-31-2011, 12:31 AM
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Make sure you keep your leg nice and long and underneath you. We rode bareback a lot when I was on the equestrian team at school. It can do wonderful things for your seat if you do it right. But most people when they first start out have a tendency to pinch with their knees which causes their legs to start creeping up the side of the horse. Once you get into that chair seat you have a tendency to pop right off the horse. So just focus on keeping a nice long leg, sinking your weight down into your heels like you would if you were riding in a saddle with stirrups. Other than that just relax and let your hips move along with the horse's movement. If your horse has more of a slow western jog that movement will rock you from side to side, but that movement gets harder to feel the faster and rougher the horse is traveling.

Good luck, and keep at it!
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-31-2011, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone I will try :)
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-01-2011, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Another question, what do you grip with if you don't grip with your thighs?
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-01-2011, 06:33 PM
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There's nothing wrong with using your upper thigh to hold onto the horse. You really don't want those muscles to constantly be engaged though. The more tense you are the harder it is to go with the horse's movement. The more balanced and in tune with the horse you are the less you'll really need to grip with anything.
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-01-2011, 06:36 PM
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^^Agree with above. As long as you stay relaxed and loose and keep moving with the horse, you don't really need to grip. I find that if I start gripping too much/too hard with my thighs, it tenses up my whole butt area and then I start to bounce.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-01-2011, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks eveyone again
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