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    08-25-2012, 09:42 AM
  #21
Weanling
I have a medical condition that makes stirrups and saddles more of a problem than they're worth so I ride with a bareback pad and a saddle pad underneath, lots of cushion and comfort for both of us. I've been riding horses bareback for years and have ridden hundreds of horses bareback there has never been any problems, pain, or discomfort from it.
     
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    08-25-2012, 04:10 PM
  #22
Weanling
I think it really does have to do with your body position and balance. If you ride poorly, then you increase your chances of injuring your horse. Personally, I ride with a bareback pad with a western saddle pad under it if I plan to ride bareback for a longer period of time. It's probably fine to hop on with nothing and bop around, if it's for a short time. I doubt there would be anything to worry about, unless your horse has back problems or something.
     
    08-25-2012, 04:14 PM
  #23
Weanling
Idk but I know I ride better when I ride bareback. A lot better.
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    08-26-2012, 09:42 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by DoubleS    
I really hope you didn't get this from Rick Gore.
He thinks riding bareback is the devil.
Nope! I follow Clinton Anderson myself (or at least really like his methods)
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    08-28-2012, 01:59 AM
  #25
Yearling
I think I ride bareback more than I do with a saddle. If you aren't bouncing around real bad and can easily move with the horse it is absolutely fine. It's especially pleasant with a gaited horse like mine. It doesn't hurt them at all unless you ride them that way for long periods of time everyday or whatever. But I don't do that. The only downside to it is you will have a very dirty behind! And recently I got a lot of weight off my horse so now I can kinda feel her spine...a little bit more than is quite comfortable! Lol
     
    08-28-2012, 04:01 AM
  #26
Foal
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Originally Posted by boots    
It is when I do it.

I have no padding on my hiney. Horses have indicated pain when I ride them bareback, so I don't.
Tried a bareback pad?
     
    08-28-2012, 09:57 AM
  #27
Foal
If anything, bareback riding could become bad for your posture, or something, but just think or the Native Americans! They almost always rode bareback, and their horses were the healthiest!
     
    08-29-2012, 02:54 PM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by lkjhorse927    
If anything, bareback riding could become bad for your posture, or something, but just think or the Native Americans! They almost always rode bareback, and their horses were the healthiest!
Gah.. I was just waiting for this comment. Ha ha This is not really true.. Native Americans did not always ride bareback. They nearly always used at least some form of padding, at the very least-- a leather "pillow" of sorts, stuffed with hair or grass. Often times they used saddles that consisted of a carved wooden frame with rawhide holding it together. Breeching and breast collars were often added to the saddles as well.

Saddles were a matter of prestige and pride.. Something more that takes extra material and time and can be decorated. If they had the means, they had one.
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    08-29-2012, 05:19 PM
  #29
Showing
^^Agreed. Sure, some of the braves would ride completely bareback just because they needed full range of motion and freedom whenever they were riding into battle/hunt/raid/whatever, but most of their horses had some sort of gear on their back both to protect the horse and rider and to give the rider support. Later on, when white man became prevalent, the native american would often take the horse/saddle after he'd killed the white. Sometimes they would keep the saddle, other times they would sell it.

As for their horses being the "healthiest", that's a matter of opinion. Generally speaking, their horses were no healthier than any of the rest of them around those times and for the most part, they were blown out little things that were a lot tougher...and a lot rangier than the horses we see today. More bone, less muscle. One thing I can tell you about NAs though, is that whenever a horse was no longer able to carry on at the top of his game, he was simply butchered and eaten by the tribe. So, just because you never really see evidence of horses with trouble doesn't mean they didn't exist. It just means that they were eaten before that particular picture was taken.

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    08-29-2012, 06:25 PM
  #30
Green Broke
I used to ride bareback a lot as a kid then was told later it was bad because of the concentrated pressure. Which I agree with, a well fitted saddle tree does disperse the pressure more evenly.But I think there are plenty more people who ride with ill fitting saddles than those hurting their horse by riding bareback or with a bareback pad.
I recently started riding bareback again(with a pad) in short times periods. I think it is great for balance.
     

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