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post #1 of 4 Old 08-25-2013, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Is Bareback dangerous?! Help!

Ok, I my horse is an older, feisty Arabian. He was not gelded until he was 12, and still thinks he is a stud. I ride English, but he is in training as he had been ignored in a field by his previous owners, who used him for barrels. He is 14 hands, 850 pounds. I am 5'4 and 116 pounds. I have good position and balance, and his top line is not great, but it isn't atrophied. Will an hour to a hour and a half of bareback riding every few weeks hurt him? Someone said I was too heavy for a horse his size, but he as never had issues. I am worried it could cause a pinched nerve, or make him sway backed over time. He does not look or act his age (the vet refused to believe he was 18 until I showed his teeth) and has never had any soundness issues. He is currently ridden 4-6 times a week for two hours a ride. I just thought that riding bareback would be fun or both of us. I don't know if it matters or not, but I have a very deep bond with this horse, and he loves to be ridden (he gallops up to me when he sees the halter). I also have a thinline half pad I could use to cushion his spine.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-25-2013, 11:19 PM
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It doesn't matter to me if you and the horse have an awesome bond.

Based on your description "still thinks he's a [stallion]" and "in training (at 18 years)," you are the only one who can answer whether you can manage him while riding bareback.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-25-2013, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! And yeah, it's a very freakin weird situation, that led to me being the only one that can ride him safely. I think I can handle him no problem, I was just worried about his health. And he does still think he's a Stallion, it gets awkward when a mare at the barn goes into heat, lol (don't worry, he's not going to injure anyone, I can control him) And the reason he is in training is because they never trained him to accept the bit. He thought rider=wave his head about to get above the bit.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-25-2013, 11:46 PM
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You're fine weight/height-wise to ride him bareback or with a saddle.
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