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        02-05-2013, 11:28 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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    I've actually done that! My horse is way taller then the wife and kids. A lil too much umphh and over I went! Funny stuff I hear. Good horse by the way
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        02-05-2013, 11:30 PM
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    I've actually done that! My horse is way taller then the wife and kids. A lil too much umphh and over I went! Funny stuff I hear. Good horse by the way
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    Thanks. She is pretty awesome.
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        02-06-2013, 01:51 AM
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    Weanling
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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!
    Brianna and Chloe - YouTube
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    Haha! All I have to say, what a good horse, lol.
    If I have time in the morning, I will have my little brother take a video of how I mount bare back. I'm 24. I haven't met a horse yet that it doesn't work on, the biggest one was a 17 hh Percheron. I stand facing the back of the horse and get two good handfuls of mane, I swing my right leg up and over, at the same time pulling with my arms on the mane, I think the trick is to keep your shoulders low, near the horse. It took TONS of practice, flailing myself at my first horse, lol.
         
        02-06-2013, 05:03 PM
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    Weanling
    I think it requires a lot of upper body strength. I'm a cheater. I use a fence.
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        02-07-2013, 09:06 AM
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    I can't do it either. I have to use a fence or LARGE tree stump, and even then, its a struggle. It just takes practice. I can't say I spend a lot of time riding bareback, so just hopping up there like I used to is probably not in the cards for me anymore.
         
        02-07-2013, 11:47 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Took a video this morning, I have never actually seen myself do it, I was surprised at how far back I step. The swing in your right leg starts way back, and I imagine my leg coming just barely over the horse and forward toward the shoulder on the other side. I'm also pulling really hard on the mane. Dropping my shoulders.



    http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/...ps624354cf.mp4


    I've never posted a video before, so I put it on here in a couple ways in case one doesn't work? Idk, what's best?
         
        02-07-2013, 12:32 PM
      #17
    Showing
    It's a mental game. You think about throwing your leg over but it's about throwing you hips up there. Create a mental picture that you will throw your hips clear over the horse and put that amount of effort in to it. It won't happen but the image and effort helps. To get my horses in I just bang the bottom of two plastic pails together which makes a sharp sound that carries a long way. Then holler cookie.
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        02-07-2013, 01:44 PM
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    Yearling
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    It's a mental game. You think about throwing your leg over but it's about throwing you hips up there. Create a mental picture that you will throw your hips clear over the horse and put that amount of effort in to it. It won't happen but the image and effort helps. To get my horses in I just bang the bottom of two plastic pails together which makes a sharp sound that carries a long way. Then holler cookie.
    This is similar to what my martial arts teacher said about breaking boards. Don't think about hitting the board. Think about hitting past the board. That way you put enough power into it that you go through the board.

    I can swing up on my mare bareback. I had to learn when I was younger when I got my first horse but didn't have a saddle yet. It does take upper body strength and it was painfully obvious when I had lost all my muscle due to pregnancy and tried to swing up...instant fail!

    I can do it now, but I had to tune up my muscle mass again to do it. I like the idea of not swinging your leg up, swing your hips up instead. This will trick your body into enough momentum to get your butt up there. If you think "leg", you won't produce half as much momentum and you'll fall short.

    I typically have my left hand in the reins and mane, and my right hand is pressing down on the withers. Its a very handy trick to know in a pinch.

    I'm at work so I didn't read the whole thread, but you can also teach your horse to "park out". This will sink the horse an inch in height and make it easier for you to hop on. I did this with my TWH/belgian (first horse) and it made him easier to hop on.
         
        02-07-2013, 02:15 PM
      #19
    Showing
    LOL, I get on bareback the same way as Tessa, but it's much uglier when I do it. Thankfully, my horses that I ride bareback are broke so they don't mind me scrambling up their side trying to get on.
         
        02-07-2013, 07:35 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    There are four ways to do it from my point of view.
    1. Swing up (like the video above)
    2. Jump and lay across your horses back then swing a leg over
    3. Crazy swing up using leg momentum. (never mastered this one)
    4. Get the horse moving at a trot and swing up using the momentum

    (both 3+4 are a little impractical I must add. ;P)

    I think Endo shows the first three here, He's crazy athletic Jockey though. :


    They removed the sound because of copyrights but it shows all of them in action.
         

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