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post #1 of 13 Old 02-16-2008, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Bareback = improved seat/balance

How often do you think you have to ride bareback to see a considerable improvement in your overall seat and balance?
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-16-2008, 01:12 AM
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I'm not sure about that one but I know that when I first started competing I had to ride bareback for six months! Afterwards, the saddle felt weird.

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-16-2008, 12:03 PM
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When I was younger, I had to learn to ride bareback and be successful at that before I was allowed to ride in a saddle.

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post #4 of 13 Old 02-16-2008, 12:49 PM
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Exact same with me, Harlee.

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post #5 of 13 Old 02-16-2008, 01:33 PM
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Hmm; I ride bareback a lot (I really enjoy it!) it does kinda make your legs ache after awhile lol but it's fun! :) I usually see improvement after a few weeks; but that's just me. It depends for everyone I think. It is very good though with helping your seat/leg/balance altogether! :) & bareback in the rain is the best!
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-16-2008, 06:57 PM
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I'm not sure, I think it depends on the rider. Some might take to it with ease...others might take longer. Just ride until you think you're ready.

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post #7 of 13 Old 02-16-2008, 10:17 PM
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Yea I reckon it depends on the rider. Every one is different. I reckon at least once a week. Maby after every ride when you go to cool down, just jump on and do it bareback.

Back a few years me and my cousin used to ride to the beach bareback quite often, race the horses at a gallop over motor bike hills on the sand dunes then take them for a swim after, was the best fun ever Mind you - you learnt to grip pretty well going over the steep hills, lol.

But I think bareback is one of the best things about owning a horse Good on you for wanting to use it to improve your riding.
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-19-2008, 08:53 PM
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Bareback is good for balance, however, I learned that you shouldn't do it as a beginner because then you grip too much w/ your calves..... I found a really good article on it.....I would have attached it but for some reason it disappeared off of the internet....... go figure......
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-20-2008, 09:10 AM
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I learned to ride bareback on a un-trained pony. It did me alot of good.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-20-2008, 05:20 PM
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Everyone always says that I can just leave my saddle at home when we go to shows. Every day I ride in a saddle I ride bareback too no matter how hot the horse is. I can jump my new mare Dime the same height bareback as with a saddle...I think it did a lot for my balance!!!

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