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post #1 of 26 Old 01-17-2009, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Bareback riding tips?

Well, I would absolutley love to ride barback on Sally. However, I get nervouse and she knows it and freaks out a little. I was wondering if anyone had some tips, on seat and stuff. I doesnt help that I'm only just over 5 feet and Sally's 16.1hh.

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post #2 of 26 Old 01-17-2009, 12:27 PM
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Can you have someone lunge Sally at a walk the first few times until you feel comfortable? This was you can focus on Sally's gaits, relaxing to move with her gaits, etc. I'd also suggest not just letting your legs hang down low-try and keep them in a position like you would if your feet were in stirrups. This will strengthen your leg muscles and enable you to give leg aids like you would under saddle. Just remember to breathe normally and keep your muscles relaxed-you're right in that Sally can tell if you're nervous, because you're probably tensing up. Enjoy-I love bareback riding!

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missy is right, just take your time. If you don't have someone to lunge her, you might try riding in a very small arena or a roundpen. Start at a walk and focus on staying relaxed. I love riding bareback. It will help you to improve your balance and leg strength. Just take your time.

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What helped me a lot was buying a bareback pad. Mine I got was horribly cheap and came w/ that fake cinch system... so I bought too tie-straps and use a regular cinch and tie cinch knots to keep it on. I throw it over a saddle pad for extra cushion and comfort for both of us. That way it's harder to slip around and I have my "O crap" handle in case I need it. It was just a big confidence boost.

I also recommend warming up thoroughly. I always say you have to fake it to make it. What I mean is when you are nervous or scared, take a few deep breathes and make it seem like you aren't. It really helps a lot.
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Try to relax your seat and just have fun with it! Also, I will never ride a horse bareback until I can trust my life on it.

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Just relax and have fun, don't hold on tight with your legs, it makes you fall off, just loosly wrap your legs around the horse.

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Everyone had good advice, so I won't repeat what was said. I will add though that riding bareback in the snow is the best. It boosts your confidence because you feel you aren't such a long way from the ground, and if you fall off, you land in fluffy snow. Last winter I fell off twice from cantering bareback and it didn't hurt a bit. Not to say that you should try falling on off on purpose, but wear your helmet, take your time and you'll be fine.

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post #8 of 26 Old 01-18-2009, 09:45 PM
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Just stay relaxed and you could focus on keeping deep, meditative breathing or you could sing a relaxing tune in your head so that you stay relaxed... possibly take an Ipod and listen to a soothing song over and over...

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What helped me a lot was buying a bareback pad. Mine I got was horribly cheap and came w/ that fake cinch system... so I bought too tie-straps and use a regular cinch and tie cinch knots to keep it on. I throw it over a saddle pad for extra cushion and comfort for both of us. That way it's harder to slip around and I have my "O crap" handle in case I need it. It was just a big confidence boost.

I also recommend warming up thoroughly. I always say you have to fake it to make it. What I mean is when you are nervous or scared, take a few deep breathes and make it seem like you aren't. It really helps a lot.
I think I might do that. Thanks.

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post #10 of 26 Old 01-18-2009, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the tips. I will try working with more bareback riding or no stirrups. The tips are great.

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