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        09-03-2009, 12:38 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Practice definitely! I remember I walked bareback for a looooooooong time before I attempted to trot! And when I was first trotting, it felt like I was just being bounced around and was going to slide off her side at any moment haha!!

    After awhile I figured a couple things out...one is that if you kind of sway your hips side to side instead of the front to back kinda motion when you're at a walk in the saddle, you'll stay on much better. Don't use your hands at all, then you'll just go into that "fetal position" and end up losing your balance...keep your shoulders back even though it's going to feel to you at first like you're going to fall off!

    Just keep practicing, maybe you could even have some do a longe line lesson with you bareback so you can focus on your seat and not worry about the reins at all.

    Once you do learn to sit in a bareback trot, then go on to canter (and even jump hehe!!) it is SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!! I just learned all of the above in the last 6 months and it's amazing what you can do once you have a solid seat at the trot

    Good luck and have fun!!

    Here's a bareback video of Sandie and I...you can kinda see the back and forth hip motion I was referencing above on our approach...
         
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        09-03-2009, 07:21 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Yes, like everyone else said above. You sit like you do under saddle, and just practice. I love riding bareback, I actually probably ride bareback as much or more than I do under saddle...lol.
         
        09-05-2009, 11:08 AM
      #13
    Banned
    I finally loped bareback, but I hold the mane with one hand and the reins with the other, and grip like you said. The mane is for in case I start slipping( and my horse has a horrible t_r_o_t. Its bouncy ike that word.
         
        09-05-2009, 12:00 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I've only ridden bareback a few times, last week I rode a shetland bareback for a laugh and jumped him, I swear the only reason I stayed on is because every time I lost my balance I could just put a foot on the floor! I rode no-stirrups today and that was hard enough. I find that the best way to keep steady is to relax and keep your weight back, make sure your legs are nice and relaxed, the moment you tense up you'll bounce more and loose your balance.
         

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