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post #1 of 15 Old 12-11-2009, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback Riding Question

ok i've only ridden bareback all of 6 times. And I have already gotten into a gallop just not for long as it starts getting bouncy lol so my question is WHERE on their back are you suposed to sit while bareback?? Where is it most comfortable for them? I have been told to sit like right at the withers. And one girl even told me to sit back toward her rear. And one told me toward the middle? Does it matter? And do you just decided where to sit for each horse? So where do you sit?


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post #2 of 15 Old 12-11-2009, 09:02 PM
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Most horses have "dip" where you naturally fit. Just like the saddle, you should slide into the proper place. Usually it is right behind the withers, with your legs behind the shoulders (about where you would sit with a saddle)
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Most horses have "dip" where you naturally fit. Just like the saddle, you should slide into the proper place. Usually it is right behind the withers, with your legs behind the shoulders (about where you would sit with a saddle)
Exactly. You would sit bareback on the same spot you'd sit in the saddle. For a horse with a super long back, like my mare, I find myself sliding back pretty far if I'm not careful, so I ride with a breastplate on my saddle, and ride closer to her withers when bareback.

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Actually you are really slightly further forward than you would be with a saddle, because you are right behind the withers essentially; with a saddle you're going to be a bit further back...not much, but I couldn't see myself sitting where I sit when I'm riding with a saddle, when I'm bareback.

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I usually sit exactly where I would be when I am in a saddle, sometime's I will slide back alittle bit because I am to far into their shoulder and it does get rather uncomfortable.. for me that I have noticed and if somethat should happen, such as a buck and I am not used to the horse I am riding's gait well I find myself FALLING down their neck. *Pepper, Because I mostly ride Marshy Bareback etc*
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I have found the perfect place for me to ride is just behind the withers where their back kinda flattens out (no withers to poke your area).

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thanks for all the replies guys!! I'll definitely be paying attention to where I am seated now! And i'm ordering one of those bareback pads that gypsy tally makes for better grip then once I can get the hang of it in a bareback pad I am going to go fully bareback again. Because I went about going bareback the wrong way lol instead of riding in the saddle without stirrups first I just put a saddle pad (haha BAD idea!!!) on my horse and rode that way but I wasn't thinking and of course the saddlepad is going to slip off and so did I! Then I got on bareback using a bucket... and the bucket fell... but eventually I got it lol.

So another question HOW do you get on bareback? Lol i'm awfully short and my horse is VERY patient lol I tried hoping on her bareback but I ended up slighlt kneeing her in the stomache. She just grunted and stood there and I was like ohh crap. I've tried standing her next to a hill to get on but that doesn't work either lol apparently I can't jump high.... so how do you get on bareback??


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First question- the niche is right behind the withers and it's pretty comfy. If you are to far back, you are sitting on the kidneys and that is REALLY painful for the horse.

Second Question- I get on the second rung of our 5' fence and jump and swing my leg at the same time. It's acctually pretty cool, but hard to do.

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post #10 of 15 Old 12-12-2009, 08:15 PM
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This is where I sit, right behind the withers.

(My legs are a bit far forward though in this pic I think.)

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