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        10-17-2010, 08:01 AM
      #11
    Foal
    I love riding bareback, and so does my horse. I think he knows that he doesn't have to work as hard when he doesn't have a saddle on...

    I don't like using bareback pads. I don't really know why; I've used them and just always found it easier to ride bareback without one.

    Jumping is insanely fun bareback. Of course, I haven't really jumped bareback because my horse is lazy and just kinda steps over the jumps unless we're jumping, like, 3 ft.

    Riding bareback did wonders for my seat. Once I started cantering bareback, I was able to sit Grumpy's canter so much better; I got quite a few comments about how much my seat had improved.
         
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        10-17-2010, 11:30 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I loove riding bareback, but my current mare is not very smooth (she is very foward moving, and big strided), so I refrain from riding her bareback unless it's a walk around the paddock. I would hate to pound on her back just because I like riding bareback. Other horses that are smoother though? Oh heck yes, I will ride bareback almost all the time. Spent most of my childhood/teenage days riding only bareback, and usually had to spend some desensitization time, to the saddle when I decided to ride with one again, hahahaha!
         
        10-18-2010, 01:39 AM
      #13
    Started
    I normally prefer to ride without a bareback pad, cause they are forever slipping around, and I ultimately end up not in the proper place cause I'm just trying to stay on the stupid pad. I used to do a whole lot of bareback, trails, jumps, puttering around, and I agree it made me a whole lot stronger of a rider, but I haven't had a horse for a while, so its been all saddle. I recently found out that my saddle doesn't fit my mare at all, and fortunately I had my suspicions, so I limited the amount of time I was on her, as I'm in the process of training her and I don't want bad saddle fit to ruin her. I didn't want to wait until I could find and afford a new saddle that fits her, so I just started riding her bareback. I've only been on her maybe a dozen times, and she's been amazing. I'm sure that she can understand the cues much better now that she doesn't have an ill fitting saddle on her, though I did finally find a saddle that fits her, and me, and I tried it on today, and she felt amazing. So once I make sure that I feel comfortable making her really move out, then I'll probably do a lot more bareback with her too just cause its fun and she's such a sensitive horse.
         
        10-18-2010, 02:25 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I enjoy riding bareback, but I don't do it often because it kills my neck when I vault on... I have no idea why :( I use a block to get on, but I must do something wrong because my necks siezes up and absolutely KILLS, and then it hurts for weeks... it sucks.
    I'm not a fan of riding bareback all the time - there's a wide channel down the middle of the saddle for a reason!
         
        10-18-2010, 03:00 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    I loved riding my previous girl Stoeka all the time! She was so nice because she was very smooth in all her gaits and her spine was almost non-existent. I usually rode her in a bridle because when I used a halter she would think that she had an excuse to misbehave... :roll:

    I also sometimes jumped her bareback, and went for short gallops around the field. I never felt unsafe on her, even without a halter, I trusted her with anything. I miss my girl sooo much....

    Now I still sometimes ride bareback, but not properly, sometimes just when I walk Night Heat or one of the other horses back from the field. Even though I have never used a bareback pad before, but sometimes I really wish I had one for Night, because since she is on the skinny side it can be pretty painful when trotting...
         
        10-18-2010, 07:49 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Growing up I rarely used a saddle. I would just throw on a halter, hop on bareback (got pretty good at jumping up belly across her back, then swinging my leg over), and off I'd go - galloping through the woods, jumping logs, ducking trees, whatever.

    These days I still love to ride bareback; but for one, I don't have the flexibility I once did; for another, he is a lot younger and not quite as predictable as my old mare - not to mention MUCH rounder (like sitting on a barrel); and last, I am, um, slightly heavier than I once was.

    So while I occasionally still ride bareback, I've compromised by using a treeless saddle most of the time now. I still get the sensitivity of feeling his movement below me, with some extra security for me and spinal protection for him. It works well for us. I HATE going to my treed saddle now (I still use it for my weekly lessons).
         
        10-19-2010, 01:48 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    On my old gelding, he was like 16hh tall so I couldn't hop on him. And he wouldn't stand still next to things for the life of him. But would stand still with a saddle on.

    My papa would put me on his back and I would ride him around the yard. He would do anything for me in the yard. He was barn sour bad and would freak if asked to leave. But I remember I would just bounce like popcorn on him.

    With my new mare, she is not even green broke yet. I have saddled her fine. And sat on her bareback the other day. Since I don't have a saddle to properly fit her for riding, I'm going to have to do most of her early riding bareback so till I can save to get one Lol.

    I have always loved bareback riding though, never could vault onto a horse however. I look forward to riding my horse bareback =)
         
        10-19-2010, 02:04 PM
      #18
    Started
    My daughter loves to ride bareback and even shows in bareback equitation classes. I think she gets tired of putting a saddle on :)
         
        10-19-2010, 05:10 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I have a question for you guys, do your horses get grumpy when they have a saddle on after being ridden bareback?? I was just riding Rosie aroundthe other day and she is a little fresh but othing major, but when I put the saddle on(my dad made me), she started jumping sadeways and wanting to run off and everything. Her ears were back and she was tense, is it a saddle fit issue, or is she just grumpy?
         
        10-19-2010, 10:33 PM
      #20
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by trIplEcrOwngIrl    
    I have a question for you guys, do your horses get grumpy when they have a saddle on after being ridden bareback?? I was just riding Rosie aroundthe other day and she is a little fresh but othing major, but when I put the saddle on(my dad made me), she started jumping sadeways and wanting to run off and everything. Her ears were back and she was tense, is it a saddle fit issue, or is she just grumpy?
    I had a QH who I rode bareback almost ALL the time, everywhere, anywhere...well when I was preparing for a show, I obviously had to get the saddle back in the routine...while he was never snippity, or a tail swisher, you could tell in his eyes that he was like "what did I do wrong? Why do I have to wear this thing?" It was super funny, cause he gave the funniest looks and groaned alot!

    My current mare doesn't seem to care either way, although she is oober rough trotted, so I don't ride bareback really often, atleast if I am planning on getting some real work in! I do love taking her out on a nice bareback (with pad, do to all those shedding fuzzies right now!), jaunt, if it's getting too late to really work.
         

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