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post #1 of 15 Old 12-28-2012, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Does bareback hurt??

Does riding bareback at the trot and canter hurt your horse? I feel like I'm always bouncing around (Because my horse has a really big trot) and I can never sit to it no matter how hard I try. Does this hurt my horse? I love riding bareback but I'm afraid that I'm hurting my horse....
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-28-2012, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Also, how can I improve my leg muscle to stay on at the trot and canter?? And how can I improve my balance??
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-28-2012, 10:49 AM
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Core muscles maintain balance and keep you on. Sounds like you aren't ready to be riding bareback too much yet. You don't want to be bouncing around on their back.
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-28-2012, 06:35 PM
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I have an exceeding bony backside. Last few times I rode bareback the horses acted like they were ouchy.

I don't bounce.

So, I ride with saddles.
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-29-2012, 11:35 AM
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Someone once told me its not the best to ride bareback because it can sometimes hurt your horse or do something, don't know if that's true though. Also to build strength in your legs, try (don't know if your English or western) cantering in half seat that helps build muscle in legs, then also ride without stirrups, also when you ride without stirrups try posting trot that will help make you stronger. Also when to ride bareback sit deep and keep your heels down. Good luck and hope I helped! :)
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-29-2012, 12:02 PM
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It only hurts your ego.
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-29-2012, 01:15 PM
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Sometimes it hurts your backside as well.

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-29-2012, 01:33 PM
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when i ride bareback, which is also my favorite, i just try to sit up properly, that really helps with your balance and being able to not bouce as much. straighten your back out, dont be all slouchy and i try to use my upper thighs, butt, and abdoment to stay put. tell yourself your butt is glued to your horse, sit down into your horse dont let yourself come bouncing around, think sit low, deep, straight and "glued" lol obviously sitting bareback, you dont have the stirrups to help you keep your balance or from bouncing. i always keep a pointed toe and make sure to keep the same posture as i would have in the saddle, the more muscles you use to keep your posture straight, the easier it is to stay on and balanced. (and i dont mean hold on tight with your legs, i just mean keep your legs straight, toes pointed, back straight and butt down and use your abdomen and upper thigh muscles to help keep balance.

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post #9 of 15 Old 12-29-2012, 02:54 PM
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I ride bareback all time, and they don't seem to get sore or anything. Sometimes I bounce a little but they don't mind.

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post #10 of 15 Old 12-29-2012, 03:34 PM
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