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post #11 of 16 Old 05-05-2008, 10:32 PM
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don't start on a horse with a HORRIBLE trot....that's what I did.... fell off, lol....
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-06-2008, 12:27 AM
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LOL yeah, the VERY first time I rode bareback, I was on a horse with a very bumpy trot...not very good I fell right on my back!

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post #13 of 16 Old 05-06-2008, 11:13 AM
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don't start on a horse with a HORRIBLE trot....that's what I did.... fell off, lol....
Hehe, so true. I think cantering is a lot easier than trotting, tbh.
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-08-2008, 08:51 PM
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The most important thing while riding bareback is just to relax. Lean a little bit back, relax, breathe and let your legs hang down. I've ever scared about riding bareback on my horse. I didn't trust him and I didn't trust me. It was just a coincidence, when I sit on the bare back of my horse. I sit on my horse when he lied down and he stood up and walked along. And I detected it was okay, everything is fine. I think you need some time to detect that it's okay for yourself. And if you feel safe, just strike off at the canter and feel free. I think the best way is on a streight line with pretty much space around you. And think about: Just breathe and relax. It's easy, just try.
I hope this will help you and I'm pry to hear from you experiences.
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-09-2008, 01:12 AM
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Very good advice, Sady! I have to agree, you gotta RELAX. :) That's one of the most important things about riding period, relaxing. If you're relaxed, your horse should be too. Also, to help relax, wiggling your toes & humming or singing to yourself helps. :)

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post #16 of 16 Old 05-09-2008, 09:32 AM
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I agree with previous posters; don't grip with anything lower than your knee.

For me, I grip with my thighs and whenever I get tense (or the going gets bumpy!) I sit back a bit - it always helps!

When I taught riding lessons, I would always start them off with a neck rope - just a lead line tied around the horses neck - it wasn't a mericle cure, and it most certainly won't keep you from falling off, but many, many riders appreciated the reassurance - try that and see if it doesn't help :)

Also, don't canter in a roundpen until you're super comfy on a straight line/ large circle :)

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