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        12-11-2010, 04:43 PM
      #21
    Trained
    ^ It's odd, isn't it? A big one for her is jumping - She is super confident jumping bareback and sits it great, but hates jumping in a saddle...
         
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        12-11-2010, 05:18 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I love riding bareback. If I'm going on a trailride, that's my preference, even school xc bareback. I actually prefer it for working on Dressage. I always get better balance and rhythm bareback.
         
        12-12-2010, 12:31 AM
      #23
    Foal
    Can anyone help me out?
    So I have a 22 soon to be 23 year old mare and honest she is very very heathly and is gaining muscle and weight and my vet is absolutley impressed with her health and capability! I have her on senior feed just so she does not lose weight and she is also on a joint maintance so she doesnt get stiff.
    My questions are:
    At what age do you think I should stop riding my horse?
    Can I ride her until her health is just no good to ride in?
    We only trail ride, no shows, but we do go on some hard trail rides bout 2-3 times a year.

    Also my friend and I want to ride her double and I know you really should not put over 250 pounds on a horse. But my friend and I both weigh like 120 so.......
    What do you think about us riding double?
         
        12-12-2010, 02:33 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Right now it's bareback for me as I have to wait to get my saddle on xmas. I use to ride bareback all the time and now I do and I have to say I am starting to really like it. So much easier to throw on a bridle and get on.
         
        12-12-2010, 02:36 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Flicagirl    
    Can anyone help me out?
    So I have a 22 soon to be 23 year old mare and honest she is very very heathly and is gaining muscle and weight and my vet is absolutley impressed with her health and capability! I have her on senior feed just so she does not lose weight and she is also on a joint maintance so she doesnt get stiff.
    My questions are:
    At what age do you think I should stop riding my horse?
    Can I ride her until her health is just no good to ride in?
    We only trail ride, no shows, but we do go on some hard trail rides bout 2-3 times a year.

    Also my friend and I want to ride her double and I know you really should not put over 250 pounds on a horse. But my friend and I both weigh like 120 so.......
    What do you think about us riding double?
    double riding can be kinda dangerous as your friend won't have control but they do make double made saddles!

    Ride your horse untill you feel that you should retire her. If she still likes going for rides then let her. If she isn't stiff and struggling why not ride? I think that if she is arthritis free and is healthy you should be able to ride her untill she lays to rest. Some horses go and go.
         
        12-12-2010, 10:57 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gidget    
    double riding can be kinda dangerous as your friend won't have control but they do make double made saddles!

    Ride your horse untill you feel that you should retire her. If she still likes going for rides then let her. If she isn't stiff and struggling why not ride? I think that if she is arthritis free and is healthy you should be able to ride her untill she lays to rest. Some horses go and go.
    Thanks for your reply I totally agree and just wanted to make sure that I was wrong about still riding her!

    If my friend and I would ride double we would ride with my bareback pad on trail rides she has experience in riding bareback and I have been really working with my horse to make sure she doesn't get the "old" horse look and I am extremley pround of her and how she looks BEAUTIFUL!!

    If I would slowly train her up with both of us on
    Wouldn't that help?
         
        12-12-2010, 01:06 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Personally I would just not do double...especially on trail rides! O.O But it's your choice.People can get killed or broken bones....trail rides some laid back but if your horse spooks for some reason your friend will probably fly off.
         
        12-12-2010, 05:58 PM
      #28
    Foal
    I love bareback but for the life of me cannot trot with my pony I've ridden others bareback and even jumped them bareback but I just can't ride rascal bareback! He is not schooled (working on it) so could this maybe be a problem? I can't even trot without stirrups with him I don't know why! He's very unbalanced in the school which means at trot he wiggles all over the place which makes it hard for me bareback I'm fine with a saddle it's just now when he trots/canters around in his field his girth area gets muddy despite his rug so therefore I don't want to put a saddle on him as it may rub and make him sore.. sorry for hijacking ^^ but just wondered if anyone had any tips :)
         
        12-12-2010, 06:58 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Bareback is the Best LOve it love it :) but I do use my saddle when training lol
         

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