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    07-03-2008, 12:12 AM
  #1
Banned
bareback....bad or good for the horse?

I know this might seem silly..but I know it's bad to have the saddle sit on the spine of the horse because it hurts the horses back...but when riding bareback all our weight is really on their spine...so doesn't that make bareback riding bad because it causes pain for the horse?

That thought randomly crossed my mind last time I was just walking Sonny around bareback and just was curious to see what everyone else thought on the matter
     
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    07-03-2008, 12:31 AM
  #2
Weanling
Hmm wow that's a real good question.. I think that the closer you sit to the withers the better.. not sure I could be wrong, because honestly I don't know..

Nice question
     
    07-03-2008, 01:30 AM
  #3
Yearling
Our butt is a lot squishier than the bars of a saddle, making it comfortable for them. A properly muscled horse will have no problems carrying a bareback rider. The only time a horse would be more sore is if you were bouncing around a lot, like trotting fast or jerking around while cantering.
     
    07-03-2008, 01:47 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Abby
Our butt is a lot squishier than the bars of a saddle, making it comfortable for them. A properly muscled horse will have no problems carrying a bareback rider. The only time a horse would be more sore is if you were bouncing around a lot, like trotting fast or jerking around while cantering.
to add to this, when we sit, our weight anchors down on both of our seat bones, either side of the spine.. although too much bareback work can bruise the horses back from our bum bones
     
    07-04-2008, 12:08 AM
  #5
Showing
I think if anything it would be better for the horse. I guess it depends as to how good your seat is as a rider. If you are going to flop around bareback then you will be better off with tack. Then again if you ride with tack and it's ill fitting tack, then you would be better off riding bareback.

Depends on the tack and your riding.
     
    07-04-2008, 03:53 AM
  #6
Showing
It does depend on the horse, & your riding ability. ;) I think it's fine...for example, with me- my horse is fun to ride bareback. I don't bump around much @ all, seriously. Soo smooth! Plus I'm experienced so yeah...it depends.

But I don't think it's a problem really for the horse, unless of course you have problems with sitting bareback or your horse is not physically in good shape.
     
    07-05-2008, 02:37 AM
  #7
Weanling
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i think that the closer you sit to the withers the better..
I was always under the impression that riding bareback on the "sweet spot" is the best. The sweet spot being below the withers, deep in the horse's back where you can sit most comfortably and have less chance of bouncing around...sitting up on the withers seems to destroy your balance and position...plus, it's pretty uncomfortable.
     
    09-19-2012, 07:26 PM
  #8
Weanling
Depends on where you sit, but I'd say good.
     
    09-19-2012, 07:30 PM
  #9
Showing
Hey, BBLFL, welcome to the forum, but I thought I would let you know that this thread is over 4 years old .
     
    09-20-2012, 12:25 PM
  #10
Foal
This maybe an old thread but it's a good one.
     

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