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Truly bareback?

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    View Poll Results: Bareback or not?
    Yes 45 63.38%
    No 26 36.62%
    Voters: 71. You may not vote on this poll

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        03-07-2008, 10:52 AM
      #21
    Foal
    When I think bareback I think riding in just a halter...and somtimes clip on reigns if riding with a bunch of other people. No bridal, no bit, no saddle or pads....just you the horse and a halter(sometimes reigns)
         
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        03-08-2008, 08:02 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    After reading through posts and opinions I'd like to change my vote to no. Riding bareback is truly riding on a horses bare back. Period. It doesn't matter what is on the horses head, as long as the back is bare, although I personally prefer a halter.
         
        03-08-2008, 08:31 AM
      #23
    Showing
    Whenever I have ridden bareback its without a pad. I think I would prefer the pad (I don't own one) just to keep the jeans clean I agree riding bareback with or without a pad is great for gaining balance. Its too easy to rely on those stirrups.
         
        03-08-2008, 12:12 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I think that riding with a pad should be called padded-back. Honestly I think those pads get in the way I always fall off if I have one on. One of my girls has huge bony withers and my other has none and I think that my girl with huge withers is a lot more comfortable. I think that it depends on the placement of your muscles and your body. I think riding her with a pad is a nightmare and like I said I always fall off with one on. That's just my opion
         
        03-08-2008, 01:15 PM
      #25
    Started
    When I first started riding Blu bareback he was BONY to the extreme due to his malnutrition. I did use a bareback pad every now and then because he was a different horse, he was very thing with little to no body fat, and he had bouncy gaits.

    I agree that it is not truly bareback but when it comes to what you have or need to do, go for it! Lol.
         
        03-08-2008, 02:44 PM
      #26
    Foal
    It's the same concept.

    A bareback pad just adds comfort, since some horses are extremely bony and nearly impossible to sit on bareback. So yes, I consider a bareback pad without stirrups still bareback, because your required to ride the exact same way as you would without one, your just not in pain while doing so.
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        03-08-2008, 03:53 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Bareback: Nothing between your butt and the horses back

    Its not truly bareback.

    Hence the word bareback
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        03-08-2008, 07:09 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Mine used to be boney and a living hell to ride bareback because it would go up your crotch and it killed to move for days after.
    Now she's fat and its more comfortable lol
    And I think it is still the same.
    The only difference a bareback pad makes is its a little more cushioning on you butt, which helps with boney horses.
    But it is not like a saddle that is shaped and hold you in, and you do not have stirrups or the grip of leather with your boots/chaps.
         
        03-08-2008, 07:16 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Bare: Meaning nothing
    Back: Meaning the horses back

    Bareback: Nothing on the horses back
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        03-12-2008, 05:29 PM
      #30
    Foal
    I have to agree with Delete. Bareback means nothing between you and the horse. Stirrupless or no, bareback pads are inbetween the rider and the horse.
    (Bareback pad is an oxymoron :) ).
         

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