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post #11 of 24 Old 01-06-2013, 10:58 PM
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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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post #12 of 24 Old 01-07-2013, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #13 of 24 Old 01-07-2013, 03:18 PM
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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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post #14 of 24 Old 01-07-2013, 03:22 PM
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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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post #15 of 24 Old 01-07-2013, 03:59 PM
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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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post #16 of 24 Old 01-07-2013, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #17 of 24 Old 01-08-2013, 09:25 AM
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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.

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post #18 of 24 Old 01-08-2013, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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The lady who told you that had no buisness in it lol I would have been pissed at her lol
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LOL, yes, it was awkward...for her!

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post #20 of 24 Old 01-08-2013, 02:50 PM
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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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