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post #11 of 29 Old 12-07-2010, 12:12 AM
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I rode my new mare in a saddle a few times. On flat ground. But then I realized it slid back when I go up hills. So until I buy a new saddle, we're bareback. But it's fine, I love bareback. I have better balance bareback. Which sucks for if I -need- a saddle, say for shows and that.
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post #12 of 29 Old 12-07-2010, 01:40 AM
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i have just learnt to ride bareback while cantering and i love it but i always ride with a saddle unless i am riding inside a yard.

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post #13 of 29 Old 12-07-2010, 02:10 AM
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Wow! I'm surprised at how many people ride bareback so often! I rarely see anyone riding bareback at my barn, I really like it though and do it every now and then :) Alot of people I know don't ride their horses bareback simply because its too uncomfortable with spines and high withers! But Candy is short and fat and quite comfy :)
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post #14 of 29 Old 12-07-2010, 04:49 AM
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Haha. Yea, I hardly ever see anyone bareback around here. =o
And I'm glad Benny is wide and fatish, and only a small wither.
I loved riding my ol' Shetland x bareback. She had no wither at all. The only thing was, you couldn't ride her with a saddle 'cose of it. Which is how I got my barebacking skillz. >D
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post #15 of 29 Old 12-07-2010, 09:30 PM
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I love BAREBACK with a passion!!! I ride bareback almost all the time! Only will i use my saddle if i well feel like it lol! I have invested in a hand-made bareback pad from El Companero i would highly suggest this bareback pad it is comfortable for you and the horse it is suede and you just stick right to is literally! I have a 22 year old mare! Best mare i have ever rode and she seriously looks like she is 10 and her joints act like it to!
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post #16 of 29 Old 12-08-2010, 06:36 AM
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I love riding bareback. There is just something so basic about it. Arie's saddle has started to bridge since his back has sunk a bit due to age so now I only ride him bareback. Getting on is always a challenge, though. Someday I would like to get a bareback pad to protect his back and my clothes.
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post #17 of 29 Old 12-09-2010, 02:18 PM
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Bareback pretty much 99% of the time. :P
I'll ride in a saddle on those rare days where the idea just pops into my head, or if I want to judge his saddle fit and see if it needs reflocked (or in my case probably just sold since I don't really use it anyway!)

I used to use a saddle for long trail rides or whatnot, but the last one I went on I just went bareback because it's more comfy for us both and I'm way more secure that way. We don't show anymore, so I don't really need one.

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post #18 of 29 Old 12-09-2010, 02:40 PM
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I almost always ride with a saddle unless I'm just playing around.
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post #19 of 29 Old 12-09-2010, 04:24 PM
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My pony gets girth galls, so I rode him bareback 99% of the time unless we were competeing. My cousin now rides him and she loves bareback so much she is always asking if she can take the saddle off at shows, lol. She has a fantastic position bareback but it all falls apart in a saddle!

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post #20 of 29 Old 12-11-2010, 03:25 AM
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I've got that problem, Wild_Spot. >< I have no balance in any saddles, and my trot is all awkward. But I'm great bareback, and stick like glue. xD
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