When did you first ride bareback?
   

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

When did you first ride bareback?

This is a discussion on When did you first ride bareback? within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • How old when you first went bareback
  • Faq do you bareback?

Like Tree9Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-22-2011, 05:16 PM
  #1
Foal
When did you first ride bareback?

I was just wandering how long people had been riding before they rode bareback. I have been riding for 1 and a half years (once a week) and I am still not that confident cantering so it will probably be a while before I ride bareback. It looks really fun though! Do you do it when having lessons, or is it more of a thing that you do when you have your own horse? I have never seen anyone ride bareback at the stables that I ride at (we hardly do any no-stirrups work, let alone bareback).
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-22-2011, 05:27 PM
  #2
Foal
I think I had had about 6 lessons before my trainer gave be a lesson bareback. It was great! I only walked and trotted but it built up my confidence in the saddle. If you have been riding 1 1/2 years, I think you should work towards it! If you aren't very confident, work more with no stirrups first. Ask your trainer if you can go stirrup-less for some lessons. It will help you with your balance and like I said, make you a more confident rider! Cantering bareback isn't as hard or scary as it sounds, I think it's easier than the trot because it is more fluid. The hardest part is coming back down from the canter as that can be a little bouncy!
allisonjoy likes this.
     
    12-22-2011, 05:31 PM
  #3
Yearling
I rode bareback at my old lesson barn after a few months of weekly lessons. Thankfully I have natural balance and was able to confidently W/T/C without stirrups after only a month of riding.

If you've been riding for over a year and can walk & trot without stirrups, then I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to try bareback with an instructor present. Stick to the walk and trot though, especially if you have trouble at the canter without stirrups. I wouldn't even attempt to canter bareback until you can do it without stirrups. :)

Every barn is going to be different. Some more safety conscious than others. I've heard of barns not letting people ride without stirrups for liability reasons. It's a shame really, because I think no stirrup lessons are some of the best lessons you can have. Builds muscle strength, improves balance and really puts into perspective how much one relies on stirrups while learning.
     
    12-22-2011, 05:35 PM
  #4
Foal
I would definitely need to work on no-stirrups first! I feel like i'm going to fall off after a few strides of trotting without stirrups. Its had to get better at it because I am in group lessons and the people that are in the lesson are good at it. I tell my instructor that I struggle with no-stirrups so we do some no stirrup work but I'm clinging on to the saddle and everyone else is fine :s Then we move onto something else because she can't direct the whole lesson around teaching me to do something that everyone else is good at.

I accidently cantered no stirrups one at it was really fun, but scary when I went back into trot!

I will ask about bareback next lesson and see what my instructor says though.
     
    12-22-2011, 05:44 PM
  #5
QOS
Green Broke
I rode bareback as a kid all the time. My little grade mare was absolutely wonderful and had the smoothest trot and canter. I don't really remember riding much with a saddle after I got her. I had rented horses for an hour at a time proir to this so not really any training. My dad traded my saddle for one he could ride in too...ok...about a 17" slick saddle for a skinny 13 year old. It didn't work so I rode bareback! I would no more ride bareback now than I would fly to the moon. My seat isn't that good!
     
    12-22-2011, 06:00 PM
  #6
Showing
Is there a way you can take private lessons for a little bit so she can help you with your trotting without stirrups?

I started riding bareback but then I lost it somewhere along the way and haven't done more than a walk with my horse (his first few times bareback EVER) he gets frightened at the trot so we're working it out.
     
    12-22-2011, 06:15 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Honestly I think stirrupless is harder then barback. For one, you are clinging to a piece of leather that doesn't move exactly with the horse. And its slick leather. Now when you are barback, you have hide and skin and fur to cling to. As well as once the horse getting a little warm, the very little sweat really sticks you to the back, and being bareback gives you the ability to move more with the horse. I went bareback first.. then stirrupless. It was MUCH easier.
     
    12-22-2011, 06:22 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
honestly I think stirrupless is harder then barback. For one, you are clinging to a piece of leather that doesn't move exactly with the horse. And its slick leather. Now when you are barback, you have hide and skin and fur to cling to. As well as once the horse getting a little warm, the very little sweat really sticks you to the back, and being bareback gives you the ability to move more with the horse. I went bareback first.. then stirrupless. It was MUCH easier.
I was going to say the same thing. I find bareback easier because you can grip onto their body better than you can leather.

Vergo, do you ride english or western?
     
    12-22-2011, 07:03 PM
  #9
Trained
When I was younger I rode my cousins horses bareback all the
Time and because I have a physical disability this helped my
Balance, I could walk,trot canter bareback. My therapist suggested
I ride bare back

I was about 6 when I first rode bareback
     
    12-22-2011, 07:12 PM
  #10
Trained
I was 6. The first time I rode, I got thrown on a yearling++ colt and was lounged around the yard. I taught myself to ride, bareback on a less than green broke mare, didn't have anyone to help me saddle her. I still prefer bareback! It's easy, don't think about it as "no saddle" riding, just that you are riding. Make sure it's a fleshy horse and you'll love it!
Posted via Mobile Device
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to ride bareback? manca Horse Riding 7 08-25-2011 07:38 PM
1st Night ride, 4th bareback ride, 8th ride total Britt Horse Training 5 11-21-2010 09:03 PM
How often do you ride bareback? Jordan S Horse Riding 9 04-17-2010 10:59 PM
First bareback ride! MacabreMikolaj Horse Training 8 12-16-2009 12:43 AM
lol, how NOT to ride bareback! azarni Horse Videos 15 11-05-2009 08:01 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0