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        07-14-2013, 03:16 PM

    I no I have mentioned in other posts but yes I had a very bad accident years ago on a horse,, it has taken me years to get my confidence back to get in the saddle, but, when I got in the saddle the other day I was tense and nervouse and couldent relax, I only walked for a bit then got of,(i was with my sister and I was on lead rope) ,,today I rode bare back and even had a canter and wasent bothered at all,, I loved it,, I think I might be scared of the saddle/stirrups as I felt 'trapped ' when in the saddle with stirrups, but bare back proper loved it,, does this sound stupid??? I am thinking now of getting a bareback pad and not using the saddle
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        07-24-2013, 08:36 AM
    So happy to hear you rode again and faced your fear! Confidence is key when riding, especially after a bad fall! You do whatever you need to feel comfortable and happy, and as long as your horse is happy and you are happy (and safe) then I don't think riding bareback with a pad is stupid at all! I have gone through phases where I absolutely hated saddles! So good for you! Post your progress!
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        07-24-2013, 05:32 PM
    Good on ya :). Do whatever is comfortable for you. If you ride bareback all the time you'll have an amazing seat as well. I'm glad you found a way to ride through your fears :).
        07-24-2013, 05:45 PM
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    What ever works for your confidence, I say go for it!
    Did you accident happen to involve not being able to get your feet out of the stirrips?? With a saddle I am very picky to ride with boots with a slick leather sole. I don't think about it anymore but, used to really bother me that if I needed to bail I don't want my feet being caught up. No fat babies, tennis shoes or such that may get hung up.
        07-24-2013, 11:28 PM
    Whatever works! Maybe in time you'll feel confident about a saddle again. Give it time.

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