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post #51 of 62 Old 01-23-2012, 11:29 PM
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Question about the bareback goals...is it usually that hard to train a horse to do it? I barely knew my girl shortly after I got her and I had lots of previous experience bareback riding beforehand. So, silly me, I got right up on her butt and I got bucked off almost right away. A few days later, I did it again and she had absolutely no problem with me being up on her without a saddle. No quitter here. ;) My only problem with bareback riding is that my butt and thighs are killing me afterwards!
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post #52 of 62 Old 01-23-2012, 11:48 PM
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Question about the bareback goals...is it usually that hard to train a horse to do it? I barely knew my girl shortly after I got her and I had lots of previous experience bareback riding beforehand. So, silly me, I got right up on her butt and I got bucked off almost right away. A few days later, I did it again and she had absolutely no problem with me being up on her without a saddle. No quitter here. ;) My only problem with bareback riding is that my butt and thighs are killing me afterwards!
I don't think so. The first horse I broke to ride, the first time I got on her I did so bareback. I am curious to those who want to ride bareback, even double, as to whats stopping you? Go for it! Just take your time with trotting and loping, take your time with that.

Yes! to the being extremely sore afterwards though!!


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post #53 of 62 Old 01-23-2012, 11:53 PM
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I don't think so. The first horse I broke to ride, the first time I got on her I did so bareback. I am curious to those who want to ride bareback, even double, as to whats stopping you? Go for it! Just take your time with trotting and loping, take your time with that.
Well my horse has never been ridden bareback except for the few times I've hopped on and walked him around. We tried trotting but he got very scared and spooked, my trainers tell me I shouldn't ride without stirrups yet because he does get nervous and whatnot. And it's not just me, it's people in general. He's starting to relax more now and feel safe, but it's been a struggle. I'm planning on riding him more bareback when I get back and go from there.

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post #54 of 62 Old 01-23-2012, 11:57 PM
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The trick to riding double bareback is having the rider with better balance on back.
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post #55 of 62 Old 01-24-2012, 12:02 AM
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I feel bad for all of you that haven't experienced riding double bareback, or jumping bareback.

I've gone on multiple trail rides double bareback...and fell off 3 times ;) one time was when I went to jump back on and slid right over...bringing my friend with me :)

Jumping bareback is a blast and is a good workout on your legs. Try riding around the the ring bareback in 2point...yikes, my legs were noodles by the time I got off!
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post #56 of 62 Old 01-24-2012, 12:02 AM
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Sky: If what I have remembered is correct, your horse has trust issues with people? That would make sense then.


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For me, I'm actually more nervous riding with a saddle than bareback - probably because Oakey can't stand the sight of the saddle, and always used to get antsy when it came out.

Before I ever even thought about riding bareback, though, I used to hop on Oakey's back and just sit there while he grazed; because of that, I think he was comfortable with the idea when I started asking him to ride without a saddle.
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post #58 of 62 Old 01-24-2012, 08:25 AM
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i LOVE riding bareback ! i defiinitely prefer it on some horses. ive jumped over 5ft bareback =]

ive also jumped double before which was pretty cool too

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post #59 of 62 Old 01-24-2012, 09:20 AM
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Sky: If what I have remembered is correct, your horse has trust issues with people? That would make sense then.
Yes and he struggles with self confidence too. No one thought he'd feel secure enough to have someone on his back without any tack.. so I'm just taking it really slowly :)

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post #60 of 62 Old 01-24-2012, 01:59 PM
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Growing up in AK I rode bareback a lot in the winter. We did a lot of galloping through the woods. My horse was a gaming horse and could turn right out from under me. I got used to putting my weight in the outside stirrup on those turns. Doesn't work bareback with lots of winter clothes. But the snow was soft.
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