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post #1 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Bareback??

I was wondering, how do you stay on bareback?

I have horrible balance, and the last time I rode bareback was about 3 yrs ago. I only walked bareback, a bit of trot, but i almost fell off!

How do you stay on?
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 02:08 AM
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grip and seat
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 02:34 AM
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Same way you balance undersaddle, really; with your upper leg. Make sure you keep your butt cheeks planted, and focus on keeping your heels down\toes up...even bareback, doing that can really pull your body into proper position, and keep you there.

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post #4 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 04:51 AM
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All of the above and if all else fails add a chunk of mane.
seat, position, grip.....and sometimes mane.

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 05:11 AM
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practice! i'd never ridden bareback.. and also wasnt that experianced of a rider. Then i had my saddle fitted and was told it didnt fit well... anyhoo i needed to get a new one so was without one one for a few months while i saved up. so i started riding bareback. at first i was unbalanced etc but after practice u learn how to sit. i find sometimes if im cantering down a bush track i hold my upper body 'up' and i sort of hold my arms/elbows higher than normal (sometimes they flap a bit) it doesnt matter if u look a bit funny! as long as u and your horse are comfortable :) walking and cantering is the easist. trot not so much. uphill is easier, down hill is not :) of course faster paces in a straight line is easier... turning sometimes not.

dont worry so much about what u look like, just keep practicing and stick with it and u will develop your natural seat and balance
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yes practice is key. Remember your riding posture, heels down, toes in, lower back relaxed, upper back straight. It really helps with balance, especially the place of your feet, it is amazing. Use those leg muscles! Use your upper legs to grip. And, the faster you go, the more you want to sit on the pockets of your jeans.

I luckily have good balance, but those things definitely help!
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 09:40 PM
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ok, all you guys are talking about "gripping" but I have been repeatedly told by instructors not to grip. I think there has to be two different things we're talking about here (since everyone on this forum seems so knowlegeable and yet so were the trainers). Please help a novice out??
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 09:56 PM
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You need to grip with your legs, not your hands. But if your horse is sensitive to leg pressure, gripping too tight will make them go faster. If this is the casee, keep a steady leg, but don't cling on them, instead just sink your weight into your heels, sit deep and stay balanced
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-02-2009, 10:15 PM
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Don't grip with your entire leg. Grip with your upper thighs and butt. Absorb the motion of the horse and let your body relax into it.

But practice is key, after riding bareback for a while, you'll be able to post a trot, full out gallop and go over jumps, too. But it takes time!

Good luck!

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-03-2009, 12:36 PM
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Sixx said it perfectly and...you must practice! Don't do anything you're not comfortable with. If you have to simply walk for 5 months before you feel comfortable to go into a trot that's totally fine! You don't want to get hurt! You'll get it soon enough. :)

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