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    10-09-2009, 11:25 PM
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Question How is your horse bareback?

I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone's horses are like to ride bareback. I don't mean how they behave... I'm talking about stuff like bony backbones, high withers, fat bellies, etc. How do they feel when you ride them bareback?


My gelding is tiny (13.3hh) and has a pretty thin stomach. He's really comfortable to ride because I can almost wrap my legs around his stomach, haha. So I feel really secure when I'm riding him. He also has a high headset, and that makes me feel more comfortable (probably since I grew up with Saddlebreds). His withers are weird... They aren't terrible high or bony, but they like take up a lot of his back. So it's hard to sit where I want to... I just slide down his withers to the middle of his back (which is a little long and probably contributes to the problem).

My mare is REALLY hard to ride bareback. It took me a long time to feel comfortable on her bareback. She has an enormous, round belly and it makes it hard to feel secure. I can't wrap my legs around her at all, so I have to use mostly my seat. It was a huge change from my gelding, but it has really helped me improve my seat. Her withers aren't bad at all. Her back used to be bony, but I've been building up her topline and it's a lot better now. She has a really weird way of moving, too. You might understand if you have a gaited horse. She marches instead of walking... She puts her whole body into it. She walks really fast, too. She also isn't that balanced at the canter, so she can't canter slowly at all. The best way I can describe riding her compared to my gelding is like going from driving the speed limit in a little sports car to speeding and weaving all over the road in a dump truck. Haha. It's not necessarily a bad thing... It's just something that takes some getting used to. The few people who've ridden her completely agree with me.

Of course, both of them are gaited, so that helps a lot when riding bareback... at least at the trot.



So tell me about your horses : ]
     
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    10-09-2009, 11:35 PM
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Trained
Hurts like a whooie.

His spine hurts my VaJayJay. Horrible. He has high narrow withers to go along with his spine.

He's fine to ride in the winter with his heavy weight on - that at least gives the padding my special parts need - but aside from that. Forget it.
     
    10-09-2009, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Hurts like a whooie.

His spine hurts my VaJayJay. Horrible. He has high narrow withers to go along with his spine.

He's fine to ride in the winter with his heavy weight on - that at least gives the padding my special parts need - but aside from that. Forget it.

Ah, that's too bad. Have you tried using a bareback pad?
     
    10-09-2009, 11:44 PM
  #4
Trained
I thought about it a few times, but I would rather spend my money on other things.

Like a $674 vet bill.
     
    10-10-2009, 12:00 AM
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Weanling
Like a couch, he's fat.
     
    10-10-2009, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by paintsrule    
Like a couch, he's fat.
Haha, lucky! I bet that's comfy.
     
    10-10-2009, 12:12 AM
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Weanling
It is ^^ I could stay up there all day.
     
    10-10-2009, 06:38 AM
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Yearling
Well pumpkins fat so he has no spine (a tiny one ) and only a small wither. It is comfy except for when the hair starts to itch and poke you in the legs........
     
    10-10-2009, 06:43 AM
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Green Broke
Chinga, when I first rode him bareback I announced not to do it again, then I found the right spot to sit and he got fatter now its great!
     
    10-10-2009, 12:53 PM
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Cat
Green Broke
Toby is awesome bareback. He has a flat wide back that is very cushy. Love it.
     

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