Riding my 16 year old. - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 09-19-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Iowa, USA
Posts: 66
• Horses: 2
Riding my 16 year old.

I just have a question about bareback riding with my 16 year old, Poke. I have riden her with the saddle, but I think bareback is more challenging and more fun so the last few times I've riden her, it's been bareback. I've heard different things from different people about bareback riding, so I was just wondering if I should be using the saddle instead? I dont know if you can see in any of her pictures, but her back is slightly swayed. Nothing serious, just has a little more dip than Magic's. (she hasn't shown any signs of distress/pain while riding or after riding bareback) So is it okay for me to continue riding her bareback often?
HannahJo is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 09-19-2010, 01:44 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 317
• Horses: 1
As long as youre not bouncing and jouncing her when you ride, then bareback is safe for her.

I don't know if this makes a difference, but when we ride bareback we sit the trot. If you can post bareback, I admire you, :)
And collection is very important. If you let her throw her head up while trotting it will definitely cause more problems for her back. Otherwise it should be fine.

Bareback can accentuate balance problems, so you find her going funny you might wanna check your seat. They can feel every little thing bareback!

Obviously- if she shows signs of pain or has swelling, then stop, and maybe talk to your vet. But done right- you shouldnt have any problems!
Clair is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 09-19-2010, 01:46 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,336
• Horses: 2
I looked at the photos of Poke in your "horses" section and her back looks totally normal to me. He withers are higher, which makes her like she has a dip in her back, but if you just look at her back and ignore the high withers, her back is actually very straight and normal looking, in my humble opinion.
trailhorserider is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 09-19-2010, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Iowa, USA
Posts: 66
• Horses: 2
Thanks for the comments. We mostly just walk around, but when we do trot I try to make sure I am not bouncing around. Her trot is pretty smooth anyways, so that helps.
And I never really thought about having high withers. But looking now, her back does seem normal. Her withers just make it appear like she has a little dip. Thanks for pointing that out! :)
HannahJo is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
English Riding for my 6 year old... let's talk safety allieloveshorses English Riding 26 01-09-2013 07:51 PM
Little three year old riding bareback and bridleless Icrazyaboutu Horse Videos 23 10-23-2009 07:26 AM
I've been riding for just over a year with not a single lesson... well? HollyBubbles Horse Riding Critique 10 09-17-2009 12:50 AM
first time riding in over a year! est1991 Horse Riding 11 06-10-2008 03:11 PM
Critique my riding - a year on! Kyani Horse Riding Critique 13 02-13-2008 10:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome