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post #1 of 20 Old 02-05-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Gettin on Bareback?

I USED to be able to get on a horse bareback from the ground using the mane/neck to help me swing my leg over. I was like 10. Now I'm taller, only 21, have a horse of about the same size and I can't even get close! The facility we just moved to has a very hilly, expansive, grassy pasture which is AWESOME except when I go to catch a very busily grazing horse. usually once he sees me and I yell "cookie!" he'll come running, but because of the hills I sometimes have to hike a ways to even get within sight of him!

So I'm going to attempt to be lazy and find a way to hop on bareback and ride with the halter back up to the gate!

Does anyone have any tips for building confidence swinging up on their horse? Any videos that you've found? Tools that might make it easier? Honestly I think I just have more awareness that I'm a klutz and that it hurts when I fall lol!
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post #2 of 20 Old 02-05-2013, 02:48 PM
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I know the feeling XD. I finally found a horse to lease after looking for several months and already love him to death. He's a 17hh TB, so getting on him bareback is a challenge. I usually start by standing on his left side with me facing his tail and holding onto his mane with both hands. Then I swing myself up, pushing off with my left leg at the same time, and swing my right leg over his back and kind of make it into a hook shape to hold myself there. From there I pull myself up and get situated. I don't really know about confidence building, because I'm insane (sort of) and didn't think about falling until after I tried it XD. I don't know how tall your horse is, but I would say maybe try it with a smaller horse first, if possible?
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post #3 of 20 Old 02-05-2013, 03:19 PM
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Putting the horse on the downhill side of a hill with you higher up usually works, or finding a log or stump.
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post #4 of 20 Old 02-05-2013, 03:28 PM
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Yup. I have noticed this same problem. Probably because my bottom is much heavier at 26 than it was at 14!!!!

Of course, I had a 16.1 hand horse for most of my teenage years. But if I could find a decent rock on a downslope, I could get on pretty easy.

Well certainly, practice practice practice will help! Good a good hold on the mane with your left hand. Make sure you are jumping straight UP, and then try to swing your left arm over to get a "foot hold", and even possibly your right leg, to snatch the hip on the other side. Don't try to jump over or diagonally onto your horse's back. Jump straight up with both legs.

Find a steeper hill, or a log, or a rock, or anything.

And in general, make sure you are in good physical shape. I certainly can tell a difference if I am working out at the gym on a regular basis, or if I've been lazy.

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My first trail ride was bareback...I was 13 at the time. Now, I'm 29 and have my first horse (purchased a little over a year ago). I decided to try bareback the one day. UGH! Could not get on...at least I gave the younger riders a good laugh at my feeble attemts.

My suggestion to you is use a mounting block, hill, stump, log, something that's secure enough not to roll or move though while attempting to mount. Good luck to you!

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post #6 of 20 Old 02-05-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm looks like I'll just have to practice! lol hopefully I can use the steps on a mounting block to practice and keep going down one at a time once I get good at it?

He's only 15.1hh I'm pathetic haha
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I'm 6' my horses apx 15.3hh. I can get on bareback but it ain't pretty! I usually can hop up on his back, like layin over him like a sack of taters then swing my legs up then sit up.
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I don't know if this link will work and if my granddaughter finds out I shared it, I might be in trouble. Younger doesn't mean more agile, LOL!
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Ha! White girls can't jump! Lmao. That was priceless. But basically my technic.
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post #10 of 20 Old 02-05-2013, 11:25 PM
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The second time that I showed her how to do it, I amazed myself. I thought I was going to vault over Chloe.
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