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    05-11-2013, 10:54 PM
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Weanling
Starting Bareback

Hey, I recently got my first horse, Oliver, about 2 weeks ago. He's a 5 year old OTTB who is more woah then go. And I would like to start training him to take a rider bareback. He goes quietly under saddle, and I think it would be nice for him to be able to go bareback. I'm looking for some tips to start training, or whatever advice/how-to's that you're willing to throw my way. Thanks!
     
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    05-11-2013, 11:07 PM
  #2
Weanling
I would have 2 people do this if its first time. If your horse does not mind a saddle. Get a bare back pad without stirrups have some one hold him why you get on. Have a bridle and halter on him. Make sure he's in a small area (round pen) If he gets scared. Let him move off. Don't hold him. He should take to it right away. My own horse I just jumped on.
     
    05-12-2013, 09:27 PM
  #3
Weanling
Alright, thanks :) Ill try that this week :)
     
    05-12-2013, 10:12 PM
  #4
Trained
First time I got on my young TB bareback she bucked me off. She was broke first, but yeah... still happened. I thought she was cold-backed but now I wonder if perhaps it was a matter of where I got on her from. She doesn't like it when things come from above her.

I've now had two successful bareback rides on her, the first after I'd already ridden her with a saddle on and the second I just got on bareback and went.

For a broke horse there shouldn't be any difference between bareback and saddled. Isn't for my filly. She's 2 1/2 and I feel safe riding her on the road. Whether I'm bareback or in a saddle doesn't matter. Walk and trot, haven't tried canter bareback yet because she's not really balanced enough with a saddle on and I think she might bounce me off.

Edit; my filly didn't race, your horse is an OTTB right? So he will have raced. And have you SEEN those racing saddles? You might as well be bareback in one of those things for all the difference it makes.
     
    05-12-2013, 11:09 PM
  #5
Weanling
Yes my boy is off the track. And yea that makes sense lol
     
    05-12-2013, 11:12 PM
  #6
Weanling
I was just asking around to see if there was anything major that I need to do before I get on him, and tips on getting him used to it. Thanks for the advice :) I'll keep you posted if you want :)
     

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