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    02-13-2011, 10:08 PM
  #11
Weanling
I've seen several people riding bareback on trails. Nothing seems to go wrong, but still caution is a key ingrediant. It must've taken them forever to gain that must trust. Soon Quinn and I will trust each other like that.
     
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    02-13-2011, 10:21 PM
  #12
Showing
Ah, it really doesn't take so long if the trust is already there under saddle. A big part of it will be your confidence. If you are calm and confident, then he will feel it.

Just like this guy. I had just started him under saddle about 3 months before this picture was taken. Of course, back then, I still had the silly teenage confidence that nothing could possibly go wrong LOL. It didn't go wrong either. The only time I ever came off him bareback was one night when I hadn't ridden in quite a while. We were trotting down the ditch on the side of the road when he spooked at a trash bag in a sudden gust of wind. He jumped to the left and I just slid off the side. The hardest part was finding a place to get back on .
     
    02-13-2011, 11:02 PM
  #13
Weanling
I have always felt less secure bareback than with a saddle, but I'm getting a lot better about that and now I don't even have my saddle at the barn. I do use a bareback pad (one without stirrups) and that helps my confidence since the only problem I really have is slipping back and forth a lot (my horse is very round and silky coated and I don't weigh much to hold my bum in place!!!)

Anyway, something that has helped me and may help you too is to think of it this way: Yep, you can fall bareback...but you can fall with a saddle on too. So in the long run, saddle or not, what happens will happen and the more you practice your bareback, the more secure you'll be both with and without a saddle. Meaning...fall now so you don't fall as much later :) That's what I convince myself of anyway!
     
    02-14-2011, 10:11 AM
  #14
Yearling
Well.... me the first time I got on was with my thoroughbred mare. And she was only saddle broke. Didn't take a 13 year old long to work up the nerve to do that. I agree with smorobs. The teenage confidence that nothing was going to go wrong. Well nothing did. I only fell off her once when she stopped faster then I could think and flew over her head. Me I did have trust in her but it was littler then a dime. I just wanted to do it cause it looked fun. Then we got my thoroughbred gelding. Off the track. He was only rode with a saddle. Me and him hit it off the first time I gave him feed. He was so underweight. After that first bucket of food. We've been glued together. I can do anything on and off him. Walk behind him pull his tail walk underneath him. It was after maybe a month that I had him I started to ride bareback on him. He didn't mind and I always felt safe on him. Then there is our thoroughbred/Quarter horse gelding. He was off the track also. Any way he's only had 60 days riding about 3 months before we bought him. And after we bought him he sat in the paster for about 4 months. So it was 7 months that he went with out being rode or ever felling weight on his back. I jumped on him bareback. He was green and I figured he'd bucked me off but didn't. Me trust in him.... I trust every horse. But I pay very close attention to them to. Like Thunder he went for 7 months no riding never bareback. I jumped on him but the first time all I did was sit on him. I did that for 3 days then we took our first steps. Then now i'm training him to neck rein will i'm on him bareback. Also he's learning barrels that way to. I maybe crazy for doing so but... I enjoy it. I say just go jump on your horse. That's what I did.
     
    02-15-2011, 03:57 PM
  #15
Weanling
Living brings several dangers that threaten your life and try to harm you, but being afraid of those things will only bring frustration and depression. Everything that happens me is destiny and I'm willing to accept that fact. Let life's cycle continue the way it was meant to be without anything holding it back. Confidence is an element that will give the life cycle strength along with strength to yourself and others. I know that I'll bring confidence, trust, and patience with me when I ride Quinn bareback for the first time.
     
    02-17-2011, 10:59 PM
  #16
Yearling
I love riding bareback! And because I ride bareback so much I have a better seat in the saddle!
     

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