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        01-06-2013, 10:58 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I would definitely have to agree that bareback is the way to go, you just feel more in tuned to your horse, both of your feelings , and feel a true connection. Whereas with a saddle to me personally, it feels more like work then pleasure....but I will say I come out with sore legs each time lol
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        01-07-2013, 12:17 AM
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    Foal
    Hehe ya! I no lol I could ride bridless on my old horse he was so responsive! Loved him so much! :(
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        01-07-2013, 03:18 PM
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    Yearling
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    Hehe ya! I no lol I could ride bridless on my old horse he was so responsive! Loved him so much! :(
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    I think it would be easier to get to bridleless riding bareback because my horse is so light to my seat aids bareback. It almost feels like I am just thinking of something and she responds.
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        01-07-2013, 03:22 PM
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    Yearling
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    Yes I agree you need great core strength to bareback ride I have taught myself to post bareback actually
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    Me too! And it actually feels easier bareback for me. I'm just not as good a rider in a saddle for some reason.
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        01-07-2013, 03:59 PM
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    Foal
    I love it! It brings me closer to my horse, gives him a break from the saddle, strenghens my muscles, and in the cold Canadian winter, he sure does warm up my legs!
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        01-07-2013, 05:12 PM
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    Foal
    Ya if my horse is out of shape and I go jump on bareback I usually am really sore afterwards lol
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        01-08-2013, 09:25 AM
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    Weanling
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    Bareback is fantastic for reasons mentioned, but it's said (& makes sense) that saddles help the horse by getting your weight off of their spines, as well as by distributing your weight over a larger area. Thus, it's recommended to ride a greater percentage of the time with a properly-fitting saddle.
    I was once riding bareback and a lady yelled at me for it! She said that what I was doing was bad for my horse's back and that I shouldn't do it anymore. Sheesh! Some people just take things too far! I am a huge fan of bareback. You learn so much more about horse movement and balance bareback. I once worked for a guy who had one rule (of which mostly applied to his kids): "if you can't lift a saddle, you're not using one" (he was an old-timer old-fashioned cowboy). So his kids grew up riding bareback. They were some of the best riders.
         
        01-08-2013, 10:09 AM
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    Foal
    The lady who told you that had no buisness in it lol I would have been pissed at her lol
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        01-08-2013, 11:03 AM
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    Weanling
    LOL, yes, it was awkward...for her!
         
        01-08-2013, 02:50 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Risding bareback you develop a feel for the horse that IMO cannot be taught.
    I rode bareback on a welsh pony for years and she bucked every day at least once because I was not being still.
    Decades later I can feel more intune with my horse than with a saddle.
    It has made me a far better rider. I used to jump herd cattle and everything bareback.
    At 53 I still ride bareback occasionally. On only certain horses of mine.
    I still am a bold rider and when I recently took my first lesson in 35 years the instructor said that I had a great seat. Shalom
         

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