Farmpony, I know that emergency dismounts are recomended for safe riding... I however lack the "cat like" reflexes it takes to stay on my feet.
OK OK>>> I'm a Klutz! :roll: I prefer the "tuck & roll" method when it comes to landing the dismount. It's easier on my knees and I know I won't break an arm or something silly trying to stay on my feet.
The whole point is so you don't get hung up on your saddle, I wouldn't waste my time doing it bareback. If you're practicing it I would make sure you don't have split reins... That would tank if the horse got hung up on a practice run.
I'll add this just for funnies...The only time I actually made an emergency dismount my bra got hung up on the saddle horn...
I'd practice WITH tack!