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    02-28-2012, 11:45 AM
  #1
Foal
Riding Bareback

Hello Everyone! I have been trying to work on my riding skills and doing so bareback. I am fine at a walk and at a trot and have been doing it for some time with no problems from me or my mare. I feel like I am ready for a canter but my horse will not!! It takes a while to push her into the canter and when she finally does its very laid back BUT the prob is she drops her head so low (looks just like she's going to buck) but NEVER offers to and she will do that across the whole field!! I have no idea what she is doing or how to correct it??
     
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    02-28-2012, 11:48 AM
  #2
Foal
Also I thought possible she might be doing it because she instictively knows I'm not ready but I feel like I am. So I've been paying close attention to my seat to make sure I'm not bouncing all over her, but I am afraid when she stops with her head so low I may just go over her head! I am taking it slow but How can I keep her head up?
     
    02-28-2012, 11:49 AM
  #3
Trained
I suggest you retrain with the saddle back on her to give you more security. Do you do transitions between gaits and within gaits with her? If you keep changing from the trot to the walk, speed up to a faster walk, then slower, then push to a slow trot, than 1/2-halt to a walk, then push to a posting trot--LOTS and lots of transitions will keep her on her "toes", so to speak, and she'll be too busy listening to your cues to drop her head. It's dangerous bc she could get a rein caught in between her front legs and there goes your brakes. Plus she might panic and rear to get away from the rein pulling her head down.
I'd stick to the walk and trot bareback, anyway. That's good enough to help your seat. =D
     
    02-28-2012, 11:53 AM
  #4
Foal
I agree with the people above me. Maybe have someone lunge you on her? That way you don't have to worry about so.much.
     
    02-28-2012, 12:44 PM
  #5
Foal
Good idea about the transitions she seems to do better with everything if I'm constantly changing it up. I was just too focused on her head so low to think about that! Thanks
     

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