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    04-21-2012, 02:50 PM
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Green Broke
Riding Bareback

Is it possible that a horse may just not want to or like to have you on them bareback? Is it something that you have to get them used to or???
     
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    04-21-2012, 02:54 PM
  #2
Showing
If your horse objects to you riding him bareback, he probably has qualms with how you sit on him without the saddle. No horse likes when a rider with a sloppy seat rides them bareback; it's confusing and irritating to them. If you have a solid seat and make it a positive experience for the horse, he should get used to it.
     
    04-21-2012, 02:56 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
If your horse objects to you riding him bareback, he probably has qualms with how you sit on him without the saddle. No horse likes when a rider with a sloppy seat rides them bareback; it's confusing and irritating to them. If you have a solid seat and make it a positive experience for the horse, he should get used to it.
I have not tried it yet. He is a TB with high withers and well, was not sure it would be comfy for him or me. He is sensitive to the curry brush so was not sure how he would like me on his spine.
     
    04-21-2012, 02:59 PM
  #4
Showing
If you have an independant seat and have ridden bareback before, try walking him around without the saddle after a ride to get him used to relaxing with a saddlesless rider. Most horses pick it up pretty easily.
     
    04-21-2012, 03:12 PM
  #5
Weanling
My horse is really high withered too. He doesn't seem to mind bareback but it is horribly uncomfortable for me, if you know what I mean. I usually just end up using a saddle pad with a bareback pad over it. I'm sure he doesn't object to it either!
     
    04-21-2012, 03:35 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Ok then, I will! I have a really nice bareback pad. I will give that a try. I hope it fits around his belly! He is not only tall 16.3+ but biggggggggggggg! Nothing like my SB who is tall but slim to go with it.
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    04-21-2012, 03:45 PM
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Started
My horse had never had a rider on him bareback when I bought him. At first he was very confused and kind of reactive/jumpy because it was new to him, it felt different, and he didn't really understand what he was supposed to be doing. With a little patience, very short sessions, and asking him to do things he KNEW how to do well (walk on, stop, bend) and rewarding him for it, he quickly came to understand that even though it felt different, it didn't actually change his job or the expectations I had of him at all. After a few sessions he accepted it as another 'normal' thing he does and now doesn't seem to care one way or another.
     
    04-21-2012, 03:47 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Yes, that is how he acted when I sat on him bareback, jumpy, then I say hey hey and he acted normal. I was just afraid to go for it!!!
     
    04-22-2012, 10:38 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Ok so, yesterday I went for a saddled up ride, then after we let the horses cool down a bit, brushed them and then hopped back on in the yard for a bareback ride. Like Sharpie said, he was reactive at first but settled down pretty fast and so did I. We had a blast! So fun! Even went out on the gravel road a bit and back, then I dropped a rein and well, he does not do well with just one side, (like if I halter him and put the lead rope on one side). He just does not like that so I dismounted, walked back the the yard and remounted and rode a bit more and then called it quits. Was a really good time!!! Only problem I see with this is if we are out and he gets wary of something and grows another 20 ft. I'm not too sure about how I would like that!
     
    04-22-2012, 11:20 AM
  #10
Showing
Congrats! If you feel unsafe, dismount, walk him through it, and mount again. Bareback riding is fun, just be safe
     

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