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        01-20-2009, 01:08 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by mlkarel2010    
    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.
    Just a note - it's not safe to use stirrups with a bareback pad, so make sure if you get one it doesn't have them.

    Not to be rude, but doesn't using a bareback pad sort of defeat the whole purpose of riding bareback? The only reason I could see using one would be if your horse is really bony and uncomfortable to ride bareback.
         
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        01-20-2009, 01:13 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    My tips: Always, always, always wear a helmet, and use a bridle.

    I tried to ride a horse that I've ridden tons of times yesterday. He was in his pasture (where I always ride him), but yesterday the other horse that he shares it with was in it for the first time when I tried to ride him. I got a leg up from my boyfriend, and the horse immediately walked over to the other horse, who pinned his ears at him. I smacked the other horse's butt to try to get him to go away, so he would kick at the horse that I was on. He ran away bucking, and my horse did the same. He ran into a corner, then slid to a stop. I ended up on his neck, and as soon as I got myself back on his back, he took off again, bucking the whole time. I held on pretty good, but I was scared to death. Then I screamed the horse's name, and it all gets a little fuzzy from there... I thought he stopped, but my boyfriend said that he made a really sharp right turn. Either way, I ended up on the ground. I hit my head, but luckily not very hard. I walked away with nothing but a scraped wrist and a headache.
         
        01-20-2009, 08:02 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    It doesn't defeat the purpose of bareback riding. You still don't have your stirrups to depend on or the structure of the tree. Really all it does is add padding and a little bit of friction and extra security.

    I just like using a bareback pad since I'm still not quite used to it yet. It's just a security blanket for me I guess. I like knowing I have something to hold onto and it's easier to grip with my legs. Riding Duke w/ out it is like straddling a greasy pregnant cow.

    That's just my opinion. If you believe it defeats the purpose that's ok. I won't force you to ride with one.
         
        01-21-2009, 12:55 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Riding bareback is pretty awesome.. I like riding this style often. It helps me play around with my natural balance. I also like attempting a variety of tasks bareback as it not only helps me improve my riding style but aids in teaching the horse leg pressure cues!

    One tip that no one ever really mentioned to me when I first started riding bareback many years ago, is to sit just behind the front shoulders where you have a few inches between you and the withers, and drape you legs across the barrel just as it rounds into the belly. I am sure you may have already got that one under hand.. LOL! But I wanted to throw it in there.
         
        01-21-2009, 05:45 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Hi well I thought I should add I love bare back riding to, some tips I have picked up is well, I usually feel like the horse/pony go faster when not in saddle that in so I use phases to ask them to go just to make sure not to become to nervy, because they can sense that, & if you are nervy because of doing/trying something new then they will become to, purely because they are to trying something not done day in day out.....
    PHASES:

    1. Smile with all four cheeks :) & think forwards (but not to fast)
    2. Press inwards with thighs
    3. Press inwards with calves
    4. All of the above

    Also try and ride in a fenced off place arena, round yard, yard, paddock, etc, etc. this builds up confidence extremely well!

    Be sure to sit on your buttocks cheeks not as forwards as you would in a saddle.

    If you are still nervous try all of the above with a saddle *fully fitted* do that for 30min in a enclosed space riding circles, diagonals, transitions etc, etc. Then take away you stirrups & ride the same circles, etc, etc. until you are comfy with that, do that for a week or so then just do the no stirrups for 30min (roundabout) then take away all saddle equipment. :) good luck happy riding & remember slow & steady wins the race :)
         
        01-21-2009, 05:00 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Another good tip is to ride with a neck strap. None of my horses have mane, so we get an old stirrup leather and buckle it around their neck, in case they spook or something it's there to grab onto, or for that awful after-canter trot! Really its all about practise and getting comfortable.
         
        01-21-2009, 06:49 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Thankyou for the tips everyone!
    Xilikeggs0- I Always ride with a healmet! :)
         
        01-24-2009, 04:31 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I agree with what all the others have sed. Also, when you do ride bareback, remember to always go with the horse. At a camp I had to go to with my riding school there were lots of falls (with saddles) so we had a little safety lecture/demo bareback.. How to go with your horse etc. Funnily enough half way through the little lesson a tree branch broke and all the ponies spooked. The riders might have stayed on with a saddle but once their pony spooked and they were bareback, I saw sooo many of them trying to go against the movement of the animal. They leaned forward to slow and stop their ponies. It was terrible!!! Of all the 13 girls, I was the only one who went with my pony and was 100% stable.
         
        01-31-2009, 02:10 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Riding bareback would have to be my fav. Kind of riding, I ride in a bridle because sam doesn't have much of a mane, I do alot of jumping bareback as that taught me to hang on better with my legs, I also do alot of stuff where we ride in ditches and walking up the steep edges of them, I also do the odd gallop bareback. The biggest horse I have rode bareback was bomber a 17.3 hh thoroughbred only thing worring me was how high I was up.
         
        01-31-2009, 08:31 AM
      #20
    Started
    Never never never ride without a bridle, and I say that this goes for anyone. I knew a woman who had been riding for several years (she was working on advanced things like Spanish Walk and tempis with her horse, just to indicate some of how advanced she was). Her horse was known as the calmest and most trustworthy in the barn. He would stand wherever she left him, whether in front of the tack room, at the arena gate while she went to get something... all that jazz.

    So next comes the scary part. She went trail riding on him without anything but a halter (no helmet no nothing). It was fairly late in the evening and as they were coming back, he bolted. She was essentially "scraped" off of him when he ran her leg against a tree. Her leg was broken, he went on without her, it was getting dark, and when people saw him loose on the lawn without any tack they assumed that she had simply let him graze as she often did. Luckily, people eventually noticed that her car was still there, her horse had been out for a while, and there had been no sign of her. They found her. She ended up staying in the hospital for a month or so. I leased her horse while she recovered... a full five months I'd guess, maybe more. While I leased him, I often rode bareback. He was an angel, and I always had the bridle on him, my helmet on my head, and the reins in my hands even if I never really used them. (He was a 17.3 hh giant too. ;D I had to jump and heave myself onto him from the mounting block.)

    That's my scary story to convince all yous never to consider riding bridleless and saddleless unaccompanied on the trails... and not other places where you'd be screwed if you fell and broke a leg. Sure, it's a romantic idea to be able to ride without anything, but I wouldn't suggest doing it anywhere other than an arena or a fairly clear, level pasture... and only if you can do it.
         

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