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post #1 of 10 Old 08-19-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Is it ok to ride bareback for long hours?

I've been riding my haflinger gelding bareback for about a year, but I've always wondered if it's ok to ride him for long periods of time? We go up north at Asauble (sp?) river in michigan and we ride for 10-11 hours, for one whole day then the 1st and last day we ride a couple hours. Is it ok if I ride him that long?

He's a pretty solid boy. Hes kind of chunky and has a flat back so I wouldn't think it would hurt his back. Thanks
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-19-2013, 07:07 PM
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Hmm, I do know that a good fitting saddle will distribute your weight better and be more comfortable for the horse. I don't think I'd want to do an 11 hour trail ride bareback. You can't take your lunch and emergency supplies! If I'm out more than an hour or so I like to have water, a first aid kit, saddle/bridle repair, and something with GPS. You're braver than I am!

Anyway, if neither of you are sore, you either can post bareback or have a nice soft sitting trot, and you aren't a very heavy rider, you are probably ok. Why don't you use a saddle, though? I'm curious? I'd think it would be more comfortable for you and your horse.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-19-2013, 07:21 PM
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I really don't see a problem with it so long as you and the horse are comfy. :) Typically I only ride bareback and only use a saddle when I feel that my horse needs it on. I Virahna on the supplies and such but I know someone who still used saddle bags or a backpack to carry her stuff. You could always fit something with D rings and hook them on if you felt the need. ;)

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 11:03 AM
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I love haflingers! When I went back to Germany for a visit, I took a lesson at my old barn, and rode one of their haflingers, except, instead of using tack, I hopped on bareback, and did everything the instructor said to. Bareback. It was super fun. In America I used to ride an older arab mare bareback all the time, one time we jumped three feet. It was awesome, even though, I did almost fall off the first time, the second was better.

I think bareback is fine for your horse, nor me or the mare were ever worse for the fact that I rode miles after miles on her bareback.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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I just don't really like saddle. I don't know, I just don't like to ride for long hours in a saddle

And I have rode this before, I just wondered if it hurts his back. By the way, I'm only 115 and he's very chunky lol I feel better now, I'll probably ride bareback again this time thanks!
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If you aren't hurting, doubt horse is. And since no saddle to constrict movement of horse, probably more comfortable too.

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that is a very long ride with or without a saddle

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-20-2013, 07:17 PM
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I don't see why it would be a problem for him, but I'm amazed you can do that! I complain after 2 hours!! haha
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 12:44 AM
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As long as he has a good topline & you're comfortable & he has never came up sore after, he's fine. I'm 110-115 as well & I ride bareback a lot, never 10-11 hours, more around 2-4 normally. I've had some pretty scary situations bareback on horses on a trail though, so therefore I'd only take a horse you completely trust out bareback.
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You can't take your lunch and emergency supplies!
That's why they make back packs

The back pack won't be an issue if the rider has balance but the rider does need to be in good condition to carry the backpack for hours at a time.

I used to think nothing of covering 30 miles in a day, without a saddle, and I did not ride groomed Metro Park trails.

If I was alone, not only did I have a gun at my waist, I wore a small back pack. One does not need to carry "everything but the kitchen sink" with them. Anyone that has ever been a serious motorcycle rider knows how to pack light yet still have the necessities.

It's easy enough to pack a sandwich, a couple bottles of water, hoof pick, and one or two medical "things" that are both people and horse friendly.

If you're in the woods, pack a can of Deep Woods Off for both of you. It won't keep the black horse flies off but nothing will do that.

The important thing is balance. If the rider has BTA balance, the horse can go all day. The rider also has to know how to stay out of the horse's mouth and not "ride the reins" all day long.

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