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    10-23-2009, 02:50 AM
  #1
Yearling
testing out your horse bareback

I have only ridden bareback once and I got bucked right off because the horse did NOT enjoy being ridden bareback (you'd think his owner wouldn't have put me on if she knew this... I was 14). So I am pretty hesitant about trying my boy out this way but I really would like to start going bareback with him.

Any tips on testing him out without getting myself launched would be great (he's new to me and I don't know how he'll take it). Also, he is a TB with a serious shark fin for withers, any suggestions on extra comfy bareback pads? Preferably ones that work on a budget? Thanks guys!
     
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    10-23-2009, 02:51 AM
  #2
Foal
You can always get a bareback pad, I find that helped when I rode a very thin TB..
Maybe check his back, make sure your not putting pressure in places that hurt him.
     
    10-23-2009, 02:58 AM
  #3
Yearling
No, it wasn't my horse that bucked, it was the first one I rode 18 years ago, which is what makes me gunshy about trying out my guy!
     
    10-23-2009, 03:16 AM
  #4
Foal
Well, there is a lady on Horseforum right now selling bareback pads custom for only 35 each, I'd say get one of those .. and the very first day I bought my horse I hopped on him bareback ..
     
    10-23-2009, 11:43 AM
  #5
Trained
I would just try laying over his back like you would a young horse. Also it could make it a lot easier if you have someone hold him from the ground the first time you get on
     
    10-23-2009, 11:57 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I rode my mare bareback for the first time about a week ago. (see my avvie!) I was SO nervous, but only because Candy is very leg shy, and doesnt like a lot of pressure on her sides when someone is riding her. I just took my time, and got on very slow. I walked her up to the mounting block, and just made her stand there for a minute. She was fine. Then I sacked her out, and leaned over her and just petted and rubbed her all over the place. She was fine with that as well. I slowly put one leg over her, and sat down slow, and then when I was completely on her, I just made her stand for a min, and patted her all over. I asked her to walk forward, and she was PERFECT!

For your boy, I would just try that and see how he does. If you get a bad feeling about it, I would have someone there just in case something does happen.

Good luck!
     
    10-23-2009, 12:20 PM
  #7
Weanling
I don't know if you already do this, but if i'm unsure on how a horse will react I always have their head flexed. That way if he goes to run or reacts he can't go anywhere. Good luck and have fun!
     
    10-23-2009, 03:24 PM
  #8
Ven
Foal
When I prepare to get on a horse bareback for the first time, I usually stand next to them and jump up and down as if I was about to jump on their back. Then I kind of lay across their back with my feet off the ground. That way if they buck or something you will just slide off. Then I just jump on. There is really no way to tell if your horse will buck or not, but I think doing what I did will give you a pretty good idea of what he will do.
     
    10-23-2009, 05:39 PM
  #9
Yearling
Thanks, I think I'm going for it this weekend. It is pouring here and he's going to be soaked and muddy when I get out there, hopefully drier tomorrow. I do often reach over his back and hang on him a bit when I'm hand grazing him (can't really lay over him- he's 16.3 hh) but maybe I will try standing next to a block and doing the lay over thing first. And the flexion deal is a great idea, will definitely be doing that. Thanks everyone.

Any preferred type of bareback pads. I will definitely need one!
     
    10-24-2009, 07:12 PM
  #10
Green Broke
If you have a small budget you could just get a long peice of strong fanbrick abotu as thick as a jumping girth, and make sure it goes all the way around you horses barrel(in the wither area) put a buckle on the end of it and poke holes through the other end, then just put a saddle pad on and wrap the fabric around over the pad, it is pretty much the same as a bareback pad, but im not sure if it owould slip back, I havent tryed it :P

The first day I met my new horse I just hopped on her back, bareback. Good luck! :)
     

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