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post #1 of 13 Old 05-17-2010, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, Epiphany! Welcome to My World!

Alrighty. So, as may of you know I recently brought home our new TB gelding Rebel. He's a total dream to ride but he has the roughest gaits I have ever ridden in my life. When I lope, its like I'm flying and its an act of god to keep myself seated.

Well, despite my constant efforts to sit through it in my western and english saddles, no avail. So just today I decided I would ride bareback at the walk to see how he feels, then if it felt good I would try a trot. I didn't even want to think about what would happen if I loped. Lord help me.

So I walked him for about five minutes on a makeshift cross course/barrel course/schooling arena/hill to run like hell up. (Hehe )

I asked for a trot and I thought I would die My butt hurt, my sides hurt, everything hurt. But I kept going. I planned on trotting up the hill because I find that easier. So when I went up, about halfway up he started loping without my permission. It. Felt. So. Brilliant. I can't even tell you. It was like the heavens opened up and showed me the real way to ride. Seriously. Dramatic I know, but it was a big deal for me.

I never once thought that bareback might be easier for me to ride through. And after today, I can no successully say I can lope and jump the hell-gaited horse without any sense of discomfort.

Just thought I'd share my good ride today. Althogh I can do all that on most other horses, he's just so hard to ride through I thought for sure I'd hit the ground.

Long post. Cookies if you read it all. ^^

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-17-2010, 01:52 AM
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Congratulations! That's the best feeling when that happens, isn't it!
I had a very similar epiphany on Friday! Lacey has a gosh-awful trot and for whatever reason, I decided that I was going to ride bareback and practice trotting. She was so easy to ride bareback! All that bounce just got absorbed somehow, somewhere and even though it was still rough, I could handle it. It was a beautiful thing. I haven't gotten up the guts to try cantering bareback but soon...
Yay for rough horses being easier to ride bareback!

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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Am inspired now to ride bareback.
Am glad for you, it's so nice when things come out nice, eh? :)
I ride bareback but not often, I've never loped bareback yet but I bet it's easier to ride then a trot?
Congrats on the great ride though!
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Curious. I'll have to try bareback on my mare & see if its smoother. Her extended trot is like riding a jack hammer.

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I don't mean to be a buzzkill, but I have to say it. How does the saddle fit? If you feel like they are smoother bareback, it very possibly could be because they ARE moving better because they aren't being restricted or reacting to pressure points caused by the saddle, the way you sit in the saddle, etc.

That being said, I love to ride bareback, because my horse can respond so much better to my aids when we don't have all that leather between my seat and her back. I can literally stop her and back her up with my butt muscles alone because she can really FEEL it. It is a good feeling, and I have no intention of robbing anyone of those good feelings. =]

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I don't mean to be a buzzkill, but I have to say it. How does the saddle fit? If you feel like they are smoother bareback, it very possibly could be because they ARE moving better because they aren't being restricted or reacting to pressure points caused by the saddle, the way you sit in the saddle, etc.
No worries, I've thoroughly checked that out in my case. Lacey moves exactly the same with and without a saddle. However, I do know that the saddle I'm currently using is too wide for her and does sit down a little on her withers (I still have 2 fingers worth of clearance when I'm in the saddle) so that could be part of the problem. I bought her her own, narrower, saddle over the weekend and it should be coming in a week or two, so I suppose we'll see! But, good call! Saddle fit has an effect on so many things and it's SO underrated.

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That's good, Wallaby. I just didn't want everyone thinking riding bareback would make for some kind of miracle cure. You are very correct, saddle fit is greatly underrated. =|

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I'd love to try bareback on my shark fin withered TB, but I'm more concerned about the down transition part from canter to walk! Did that go as well as the actual canter part?

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Just for the record, the saddle I have was actually custom fit to Rebel the day I got him. So I'm positive the one I have fits And my english saddle for him is very similar and fits well too. No pinching, no restrictions. :)

And he transitions well from the canter to the walk. He's such a lucky score...I traded my saddle for him because the idiot lady didn't know what she had on her hands. She saw an older, dead-sided, ot gelding. But he's gentle, sweet, loving, and supple. She just freaked out because when she put her leg on him he spun "Out of control." And that's BS. He was spinning. he's a reiner. See what I mean?

And I think the reason it felt so good was because I was more connected to him. It felt like he was moving the same, but I personally felt like I was riding better.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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That's good. My last buzzkill comment, just be aware that the back shape will change as he is getting more work/exercise, and gets more fit. Muscles will change, the custom saddle that fits day 1 may not fit at all by day 120. But, you did say you recently got him, so chances are saddle fit is an unlikely cause in your case. =]

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