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post #1 of 26 Old 02-16-2017, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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What are the most comfortable breeds for riding bareback?
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post #2 of 26 Old 02-16-2017, 02:11 PM
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The ones you don't fall off of :)

In all seriousness, I find the rounder the back, the easier on the rear they are.
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post #3 of 26 Old 02-16-2017, 02:45 PM
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Generally, you'd want a horse with a wide, flat back, minimal wither, and smooth gaits. There are some breeds that tend to have that more than others, but you can't say for certain. Some QHs would fit, but some have big withers or rough gaits. Morgans would usually fit. TWHs would also fit, but some can have big withers. I know warmbloods who fit the bill. Generally TBs wont, but I also know a TB who would.

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post #4 of 26 Old 02-16-2017, 03:26 PM
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It's more the individual horse than the breed. I've got a big wide round TWH x angus mare that is great for bareback riding. She'll not canter or jump unless forced to do so. A bolt, buck, or spook is just too much work for her. We did try a TWH gelding for a while that could not be ridden bareback as he had a protruding spine even though he was not underweight. You want wide and round and under control.
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My best friend LOVES riding my gelding bareback. He's a paint/Percheron cross. She said it feels like riding a big, wide, comfy couch.
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As someone who has ridden bareback my entire life, breed doesn't matter, good balance is what matters.

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My question was about which breed is most comfortable for bareback... not which breed your not going to fall off of bareback. I dont know whose question you just tried to answer... but it wasnt mine lol

let me break it down for you...
comfortable as in - I dont want to feel like im sitting on a giant clothes hanger, what are some breeds that feel like your sitting on a giant bean bag. I get all horses are different, But just in general.

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post #8 of 26 Old 02-16-2017, 06:03 PM
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In the days before saddles, the shape of a horse's back was a serious conformation consideration. Xenophon instructed his followers to look for a horse that was "double-backed", by which I assume he meant the muscle on each side of the spine rose above the bone. My quarter horse is that way and very comfortable to ride bareback, in spite of high withers.
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post #9 of 26 Old 02-16-2017, 06:03 PM
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Not breed but conformation.

And knowing how to ride and being balanced helps a whole bunch. So @walkinthewalk knows of what she speaks.
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a few posts in their entirety, and some partial posts were removed , as they were neither friendly nor helpful.
I think the OP has clarified what she meant, in terms of asking about the best , most comfortable back for bareback riding, regardless of the skill of the rider.
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