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post #11 of 21 Old 03-18-2009, 08:08 PM
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I used to know a girl who could get on a 16h (at least, never measured him) horse from the ground by just jumping up there. His mane was roached too so there was nothing to hold on to! O.o According to her she just had "hops" but I'd say she had superpowers. Haha That doesn't really help your problem though... When ever I rode bareback I found something to get on top of to get on... Good luck!
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-18-2009, 08:42 PM
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A friend of mine ride pretty much bareback all the time. I've seen her use a strap like thing to get a leg up when we are out on the trail. It looks similar to this photo but its not quite that wide. It may be something she has made up herself. I'll ask her next time we meet and add to this. I know its something she can just stick in her pocket.



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post #13 of 21 Old 03-18-2009, 10:48 PM
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That looks like a very neat contraption. Especially when your caught in a big open field with a 16 hh + horse.
I always had it in my mind that I'd have my arms string enough to pull my self up and then sit up, or teach the horse to kneel before getting in that position of no step. But then again, it'll likely happen to me too.
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We had to do some areback riding last week and we had to pull ourselves onto the horses backs....:)
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That strap seems like it could very easily pinch the horse's side to me....

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post #16 of 21 Old 03-19-2009, 11:14 AM
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I can't see it pinching more than a saddle with cinch/girth. I think its something you would have to introduce the horse to if its never been saddled.
Your suppose to take it off once your mounted I believe.


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Depending on the situ, I will do anything needed to get on the horse bareback! I'm stubborn and I REFUSE to walk all the way back home unless there is an injury, so if I get off in the bush, I'd better be able to get back on.

I have used whatever is around to give me an advantage (logs, rocks, downhill positioning). I have just braced on the whithers and back and jumped, laying my belly/hips across the horse and then swinging my leg up and around. I have used the horse's neck strength (on a big horse) to help swing me up (neck comes down, I hold on; neck goes up, so do I) and then swing up my leg. I would love to be able to do the scissor-flying-jump thing, but then again I think that must be hard on the horse. My mom taught her horse to kneel for her to just get in the saddle and I am trying to teach my big girl to kneel for me, but it's a slow process. (We don't spend enough time together and she has a lot to learn in general)
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-22-2009, 03:23 PM
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I talked to my friend and she told me she uses a strap that her husband made her It attaches to the off side of a bareback pad, its basically just a strap with a leather foot loop on one end and a snap on the other.
That aide I posted above still looks promising in a pinch.


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I dunno...it looks like it would get tighter around the horse's girth when you put weight in it. I think Cope would rather I just keep using the picnic table/my jeep/the fence/etc.

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post #20 of 21 Old 03-23-2009, 06:05 PM
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I ride bareback most of the time, so I've got lots of practice jumping up... left hand on the withers, me at his face, one big step and jump/swing up... in theory! LOL, I make it most of the time and definitely get better as the riding season goes on. I always position Soda on the downhill too. I haven't yet used something to mount off of, probably will practice that this summer.
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