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    04-13-2010, 12:14 AM
is this 'legal'...?

Some of the shows around here have bareback classes, and I guess that's pretty common? I've never actually seen one, so I wouldn't know.

But I read somewhere on here about people spraying the butt/legs of their pants with hairspray before riding so they 'stick' better, and it doesn't exactly seem like it would be allowed, but like I said, no experience with that kind of class so I have no idea.
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    04-13-2010, 12:19 AM
Wow! Never heard of bareback classes before.
    04-13-2010, 12:22 AM
Yeah... now that I've heard of them and actually look around for them there are quite a few.. Mostly in local level shows and game days, but still! There are even a few bareback hunter/jumper classes. I'm hoping to try a few if I can get my gelding show-ready, he is AMAZING bareback. Much nicer without a saddle than he is with.
    04-13-2010, 12:25 AM
Only bareback class I have ever been in was the one where you put money under your legs and the last on with money wins all the money LOL.
    04-13-2010, 12:29 AM
Haha, they have those too! And I definitely think spraying yourself with hairspray would be a bit of an 'unfair advantage' in that one ;) haha
    04-13-2010, 12:29 AM
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I was wondering this myself, I have never heard of or seen anyone do this when I was in California and I have yet to go to a show here in Nebraska.
    04-13-2010, 12:52 AM
Originally Posted by alexischristina    
But I read somewhere on here about people spraying the butt/legs of their pants with hairspray before riding so they 'stick' better, and it doesn't exactly seem like it would be allowed, but like I said, no experience with that kind of class so I have no idea.
Well, I have NO problem using Saddle Tight for my hunt seat eq. Classes. And I have been known to use Duct Tape for better traction on the (supposedly) non-skid surface of stirrup rubbers. This is a great little trick for newer English riders who have a hard time keeping irons on the ball of their feet. Speaking of that, have you seen the magnetic stirrups that somehow stick to the sole of your riding boots? What WILL they think of next?

Hairspray for bareback classes? Terrific idea!

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    04-13-2010, 12:55 AM
I've only ever heard of these shows in America.
In the grooming section there's a thread for show tips and that was one of the tips someone posted. I guess it would be an unfair advantage, but it's kinda the same as suede seated jodphurs with a suede saddle. I ride with suede jods and saddle, but that's just the model of the saddle I got and the jods that I like. Not because I feel the need to have more "stick" to my horse.
Many years ago Pony Club in Australia apparently had bareback lessons at the rally days but they don't do it anymore because it's too dangerous. I get that. Some people just suck bareback and I'm one of them :P
    04-13-2010, 01:09 AM
^ We always have a bareback rider class at PC gymkhanas - They are great fun!
    04-13-2010, 01:39 AM
I guess since they've got actual products out there to help 'stick' it isn't a big deal... Although I stand by my opinion that hairsrpraying the money to your pants is what I call cheating in the 'ride a fivers' as we call them.

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