Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
will I hurt her spine?
Today it was so snowy and cold. I wasn't planning on riding until a girl at my barn asked me to go bareback with her in the snow. I thought it would be fun, so I agreed. My mare Jubilee has very prominent withers and spine because she's a TB. I used two saddle pads because she's too uncomfortable for me otherwise.
My question is, I could still feel her spine through the pads and it was sort of uncomfortable. Believe it or not, the trot was actually more comfy than the walk. But I was wondering if I'm hurting her back by sitting on it like that. Like not because of the pads, but just in general. Because I'm sitting right on her spine.
I know that sounds really silly.... considering I'm always technically sitting on her spine with a saddle... but I was just wondering. It's just because its so uncomfortable for me, that maybe its uncomfortable for her?? What do you guys think?
*No comments on my using a saddle pad bareback. I know that increases my chances of sliding off. But she's too uncomfortable otherwise*
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'" ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Last edited by Jubilee Rose; 01-24-2009 at 11:25 PM.