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    06-06-2009, 01:15 PM
  #1
Foal
problem riding bareback - help!?

Hi,

Don't know if it really fits in here, so admins if this topic's in the wrong forum please move :)

Ok, now my problem:

Yesterday, I tried to ride bareback again (first time for a long time now). Well, it turned out to be a minor catastrophe. Despite riding bareback very often until some years ago, I have completely lost my confidence in doing it. I felt out of balance and just weird.
Walking was ok, but as soon as we started to trot I tensed up after 2-3 steps. Well, you can guess my mare also noticed that I was kinda feeling insecure... and started testing me lol (but that's not the problem).

As she'll always start to test her rider again as soon as the rider shows any signs of insecurity, I can't go on practicing bareback riding with her until I feel more confident again as it would mess up her training. Sadly there are no other horses at the barn that I could use for my bareback training.

So, I would like to know if you've got any tips or exercises that I can perform with a saddle to get more confident in bareback riding.

The only thing that comes to my mind would be riding without stirrups, but I'm already doing that and haven't got a problem with it at all.

We took some pictures yesterday as well, so I'll post some on here tomorrow when I get them. Maybe seeing the pics will help you, telling me what I could do to improve :)

Thank you for reading all this and thanks for your help!!

LuckyLady
     
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    06-06-2009, 01:23 PM
  #2
Started
Try a bareback pads with stirrups maybe. That seems like it would be a good way to trasition to bareback
     
    06-06-2009, 01:30 PM
  #3
Green Broke
This may sound silly and please don't be too mad at me but this might help you out. It helped someone I know. The size of your back end might have something to do with your lack of balance. Someone I know can't ride a normal sized pleasure horse. She needs a bigger boned or stocky horse because of the size of it. The smaller or skinnier the horse, the less balance she has.
     
    06-06-2009, 01:55 PM
  #4
Foal
First of all, thank you for your tips so far :)

@1dog3cats17rodents: I don't really like those pads with stirrups as the stirrups may apply pressure only to small points and not like a saddle where the pressure would be equally distributed.

@tempest: I don't think that your idea is silly :) Could quite well be the reason for my problems at the moment although I've ridden many different horses bareback before (big ones, small ones, horses with a broad back, shorter or longer back, slim ones or not so slim ones), I never had a problem with any of them... until now.
Lucky is a Quater-Arab-Cross with a broad but rather long back compared to her size. Honestly, her trot can be quite uncomfortable when she's not ridden correctly and this may also be part of my problems. But it's just understandable that she tenses up, when I tense up in the first place. I'm sure this is not comfortable for her as well.
     
    06-07-2009, 12:08 PM
  #5
Foal
Ok, now, here is a picture of us troting bareback. Please do not critique on Lucky as it's my fault that she's running like that :( ... I know it's not the best picture but maybe it will help you give me tips what I could do to improve?
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    06-07-2009, 01:05 PM
  #6
Showing
Try riding in a very controlled area like a small round pen. Let go of the reins and just put your hands on her shoulders. Feel the movement of the legs and try to go with it. Don't worry about where she is going just work on balance. Do it with your hands forward and when you get comfortable with that, lean back and put you hands on her hips.
     
    06-07-2009, 01:29 PM
  #7
Weanling
I agree with Vida. Start in a small controlled area and work on balance. When your confidence begins to build you can begin to do some smaller circles, or cut across the round pen, or walk over some ground poles, things like that. I think as your balance improves your confidence will improve with it. Be patient, have fun and take your time. You'll know when you're ready to trot, just enjoy and don't give up!!
     
    06-07-2009, 01:55 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks that's a great advice. Sadly we don't have a round pen, but I'll go ask my friend or the barn owner to lunge her while I'm riding bareback. I think that should work as well.

I was already thinking about taking bareback lunge lessons at another barn, because I think school-horses (is that the right word) won't be so sensitive and are used to carry insecure riders. But that'll take some time until I can go there, so I'll definitely try your tip first :)
     
    06-07-2009, 02:06 PM
  #9
Showing
If you don't have a round pen, anyplace that is fenced so she can't run off and that doesn't have grass growing so she isn't tempted to stop and eat. When you aren't using the reins its best if they keep the head up
     
    06-07-2009, 02:51 PM
  #10
Foal
Well, our outside arena is fenced but there's grass on all four sides which she can easily reach. Also it is too big, I think, to let her just run about because she'll soon think she can do what she wants and that will either be stop and feed on the grass or just run off at full speed - and that will ruin her training, as I've worked hard on training this out of her.

Nah, I think I'll just try the lunging and see if it works. If it doesn't I have to think about something else anyway.

Btw, any other ideas are still welcome, so feel free to post them :)

Thanks to all of you for your help so far!
     

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