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    11-16-2012, 08:27 PM
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Riding Double

Today I took my younger sister up to the barn. After her lesson and some playing with my pony, we were on the far side of the property and we were about to go back.
I had walked over while she rode because I have longer legs! Haha
At the time, I was on my mare. I felt bad having my little sister walk back, so I let her get on with me. I ride english, and my sister sat behind the saddle.
My sister is a skinny thing, all muscle and not very tall.

The point of this post is that I was wondering how bad riding double is, and if a horse can take it?

My mare is a decent size. 15.3hh with a long back (which brought up my thoughts)
She showed no pain or unwillingness to move, but she's also not a drama queen.
I'm not going to be riding double, this was just because it was easier and I felt like doing it.

Is it bad for a horse with a long back to have an extra person?
I know that the spot behind the saddle can be very sensitive? (I was told their kidneys are there. No?)
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    11-16-2012, 08:57 PM
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Yearling
Me and my cousins used to ride double all the time. Horse never had a problem from it
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    11-16-2012, 10:20 PM
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Yearling
We have never had problems from it at the stable. I think the kidney's are right before their hips but please correct me if I am wrong! We even rode triple once for a few trot strides on a draft :)
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    11-16-2012, 10:28 PM
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That must have been so much fun!!
     
    11-16-2012, 10:30 PM
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Yearling
It was, inorder to convince the horse that we all wanted to trot 2 of us had to kick at the same time! And our helmets kept clanging together.
     
    11-16-2012, 10:32 PM
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Trained
Yes, riding double is going to cause their backs to break, kidneys to fail, and legs to all fall off.




Naw, you guys are fine. It's not going to kill them to have a couple girls riding them at once. :)
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    11-16-2012, 10:34 PM
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I have a crack in my screen so I only saw the top half of your post, Sorrel.

I was like "No way on earth are you serious right now.."
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    11-16-2012, 10:39 PM
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Me and my friend "attempt" to ride double all the time! . We love to gallop out to the pasture in the summer double... I don't think I could count how many times I have fallen off though..
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    11-18-2012, 01:03 AM
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Yearling
I think riding double is fun, I haven't done it in years now though. I have a buddy seat that I used to use with my grandkids where it went behind my saddle and we put on alot of miles like that. I don't think it would hurt the horse at all.....have fun!
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    11-18-2012, 08:13 AM
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Trained
I used to jump double with my sister =]
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