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    02-06-2013, 08:50 PM
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Weanling
Bareback trotting/cantering...is it okay?

I ride my gelding Luca bareback. Normally, just at a walk, but recently I've started trotting on him. I don't really bounce around really hard, but I do a bit (of course, that's bareback riding...) . My butt doesn't entirely disconnect from Luca's back, though, it's just my body which straightens and relaxes with each stride. I can't really explain how I trot bareback, and I can't upload videos...but I'm describing it the best I can. My body just rises and falls, I try to sit softly. I use a neck strap as well, so that I don't accidentally rip around in his mouth while I try to stay balanced. I hold on to the strap and sit in a normal riding position. I lean as far back as possible (but not with all my weight of course) and the strap keeps me from leaning too far back. This way, I stay palaces, and Luca doesn't have the reins ripping his mouth apart. I'm just wondering, should I use a bareback pad for trotting? Luca doesn't seem uncomfortable after and while trotting. But may he become sway backed after a while because of trotting bareback do much. I do it about 4-5 times a week, amd one session is about 15 minutes long. Luca is a STB and is 6 years old. He has a nice trot, I must say...
But will he get problems with his back later on??? He works in a rounded outline. Should I ride with a bareback pad to prevent any problems later on? I don't want to damage Luca's back when I trot like that...
Thanks for reading and sorry if this post was too long
     
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    02-06-2013, 09:02 PM
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Green Broke
I don't think it will cause problems with your horse. I know of some that ride all the time bareback. That's trotting, loping and even jumping. I don't ride much bareback because I always slide off or bounce. It really hurts when you land on the withers😳, especially for a guy. One of our mares is like riding a barrel in water. Walking is fine but anything more and off I go!
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    02-06-2013, 09:33 PM
  #3
Weanling
A bareback pad won't offer any more protection than riding without one, it just keeps your butt clean. A lot of it has to do with your horses conformation, a long back is more prone to swayback. I have known lesson horses ridden exclusively bareback for many years, walk, jog, lope, and no hint of swayback. These horses are used 5 days a week, ridden for (8) 45 minute classes per day. So, that's 6 hours a day, 5 times a week, for years.
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    02-07-2013, 03:51 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Tessa7707    
A bareback pad won't offer any more protection than riding without one, it just keeps your butt clean. A lot of it has to do with your horses conformation, a long back is more prone to swayback. I have known lesson horses ridden exclusively bareback for many years, walk, jog, lope, and no hint of swayback. These horses are used 5 days a week, ridden for (8) 45 minute classes per day. So, that's 6 hours a day, 5 times a week, for years.
Wow, that's some really good advice there! I'm very glad to know that I can ride Luca bareback without problems. I'm not sure if he's got a long back, here's a pic of him:
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psccdd33f1.jpg

Usandpets: I know exactly what you mean with the withers (although I'm not a guy), I sometimes ride my sister's lease gelding bareback on the big paddock, and this horse...wow..he has a very high wither (or is it whither?? I always mess up the spelling on this word...) . I always have to be careful not to bump onto it...ouch...
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    02-07-2013, 04:10 PM
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Weanling
No, he looks great, more than capable of carrying you bareback. I'm glad I could help :)
     

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