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post #1 of 10 Old 07-15-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Barebacked for the first time!

Hi all! I am so excited, I have to share with someone...I have had my horses for almost 2 years, but have only done trail riding and messing around in the pasture. I love it. Today I finally had the courage to not have my security blanket (saddle) & got on my mare bareback at my daughters urging. She has rode bareback a few times on my older mare. It was amazing...I was pretty nervous at first, but Sunny was great. Got over that hurdle! My balance is, well, not the best. I assume the more I do it, the better it will be? Anywho, had to share. Yay!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-15-2012, 10:04 PM
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Congratulations! Bareback can be a lot of fun, and it's great for improving your balance and strength. And yes, the more you do it, the better you'll be!
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-15-2012, 11:07 PM
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I am learning myself. I bought the best friend bareback pad and can't wait until it arrives.

I rode bareback this morning in the round pen. I didn't try it until my 5 yo was worn out. Then I took his saddle off and put on a pad. I did walk and jog. My barn owner said I need to do more bareback to work on balance.

So I will wrk the morse but finish bareback each session.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-15-2012, 11:13 PM
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Congrats! Bareback is so much fun! My mare is so much more relaxed when we ride without the tack. Keep it up!!
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 03:31 AM
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That sounds great! Bareback can be such a different experience when you're used to a saddle.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, all. I plan on doing it again tomorrow. I didn't do more than a walk, and I won't for awhile, because I guarantee I WILL fall off at a faster speed. I know my limits at the moment. She seemed to enjoy it more without the tack, also. Let me slide right on her. Perhaps one day I master the art of getting on bareback without standing on something...I doubt it though, lol. :)
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 01:57 PM
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What always helped me was to focus on using the inner thigh and being further forward than you feel in a saddle, near to the whithers. There is this natural "groove" between the belly and shoulder that you legs fall into perfectly. Leave the lower half of your legs off the side of the horse, don't grip with the calves IOW.

It's an awesome experience and with time you'll feel even more comfortable bareback if you do it a lot. As a teen, I felt "connected" riding bareback - in the saddle I felt too high and disconnected. That was just me though. I too after a 20 year riding break rode bareback for the "first time" a couple weeks ago.

My thighs are not strong enough but he has a soft trot so we walked and trotted for awhile in the arena. Pretty soon I felt the balance coming back but need the muscle to deal with a lope :)
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 09:46 PM
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I think I can handle balance at the lope but worry about the slow down. Any tips from experienced riders?
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-17-2012, 12:35 AM
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What I can kind of remember from years (and I mean like 6 years) of bareback riding is that my legs just stayed in the right "fit" through the gaits so I always managed to stay centered. Sure I came up off his back in the harder part of the trot as he came down but "landed" back centered.

I slowed him down quickly - we did not stay in a trot coming out of a lope. It was just a few steps of trot down to the walk. I had a few times I ended up on the ground and invariably some move he or I made put me off center - so suddenly my knee was on his back or I was too far back on him.

I'm not too proud to grab the mane in moments of needing to "right" myself

Best I can describe: as I prepared to slow him I lean back a little more, firm up my thighs to absorb the impact (so my tailbone isn't taking a beating) and slow him down quickly to the walk. I remember it got to where he just knew if I was slowing down from a lope, it was straight to a walk. Bad habit if you plan to show and have to move through gaits, but worked well bareback!
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-23-2012, 04:24 AM
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I love Bareback.(: i ride almost always bareback unless my mares getting a work out in . But i cant wait to try on her new saddle i bought her(:

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