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post #1 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback Riding: moving up

I have ridden bareback before at walks only. I love riding bareback but I also love trotting, cantering and of course jumping..

What is your best advice in bareback riding in going from a walk to trot, canter and jumping? I am worried I will fall off (lol) but I always wear a helmet. I would love to do all 3 gaits on the trail one day with confidence. Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 06:16 PM
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Its kinda the same thing as learning in the saddle. You just got to do it, once you know how to ride in saddle I think bareback is pretty easy. Plus you get to feel your seat a whole lot better. My only problem are the withers they hurt on the transitions coming down from the canter :/

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 06:26 PM
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If you have a good seat in the saddle, then you will likely have a good seat bareback. Like TG said, you just have to do it. You might want to start in a controlled environment like an arena or empty paddock just until you get used to it. Cantering bareback is really easy but depending on how smooth your horse's trot is, that can sometimes be uncomfortable.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 07:32 PM
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Just gotta do it. Grip your your thighs and NOT your calves. Try going uphill first I found learning that way easier.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 07:54 PM
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Yep just gotta do it I was nervous when I first tried now a couple of years on I am jumping difficult grids with 1.10m as the last jump bareback so you will get there

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post #6 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 07:54 PM
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Well, I bareback on my gaited horse so I don't know what to tell you about trotting, but grip with your thighs thighs thighs! Never calfs
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Ah thank you thank you thank you! Why was I thinking "grip with calves"?! Lol, I will try this next time in the ring.

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-03-2010, 10:24 PM
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Ya you just have to get on a hit some trails.. going over different kinds of ground, up and down hills really does help you learn to balance faster bareback then in a round pen or arena... And don't worry about falling off... its more of a whoops here I going (slow-mo like) slip off then a fall, and unlike a saddle you don't have anything to get hung up on.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-06-2010, 12:30 AM
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Thumbs up riding bareback

I quite like riding bareback too when I ride bareback, I have an old stirrup leather that I put around my pony's neck which stops me from pulling so much on the reins and yes grip with your thighs not your calves, trust me i've bounced off many a time. The better brakes your horse has the easier it is going to be for you
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-06-2010, 12:49 AM
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As yukontanya put it, falling off bareback isn't quite so big a deal. You just sort of slide off and plop on the ground. I much prefer falling off bareback than with a saddle.

Anyhow, don't be afraid to use a bareback pad. Horses can be slick! A bareback pad makes it an easier transition from saddle to no saddle. Plus it keeps you cleaner.
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