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post #1 of 13 Old 11-01-2010, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Tack? Pfft. Who needs tack?

So since I still don't have any tack that fits Bourbon, I said screw it and have been riding him bareback the past couple days in nothing but a rope halter. He is amazing! My 6 year old OTTB bareback in a rope halter... I never expected this. He amazes me more and more every single day. I just had to share with someone who would understand. :P
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 12:32 AM
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Thats great.
I know how awesome it feels, but you don't want to do to much with him bareback may hurt his back
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 02:50 AM
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Haha, I had the same problem with my Arabian. My old saddle didn't fit her at all, and I don't feel secure in the new one I just tried with her, so I've been working her bareback, but with a bridle still because she's only had a handful of rides on her so far. She does far better without the saddle, so now its a battle to find one that fits her so that I can actually ride her in a saddle and feel safe and secure. She's actually doing great with me bareback, though she does get a bit touchy at times when I clamp my legs down because she starts to get too excited. She is like a comfy couch too, and moves so nicely.
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thats great.
I know how awesome it feels, but you don't want to do to much with him bareback may hurt his back
How is riding him bareback going to hurt his back?
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 10:35 AM
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How is riding him bareback going to hurt his back?
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Well that would be my question. When I was a kid I hated wasting my riding time tacking up and never rode with a saddle. I really want to see this answer :)
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 11:42 AM
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I read somewhere, not sure if it was this forum or another one, but some people said it was hard on their backs because you are sitting in a smaller area as compared to a saddle that sits more 'spread out'.
But I'm like WickedNag, I rode a Welsh Pony until I was 15-16 and I NEVER rode with a saddle.
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 11:46 AM
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There is some arguement that a rider without a saddle can cause harm to a horse's back due to the smaller area that the force is spread out upon. I don't think it's such an issue with a smaller, fit, balanced rider. I too rode bareback constantly as a teenager (for hours on end and 5-7 days a week) and none of my horses showed any ill effect.

I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner or a out of shape rider. Both of those are more likely to be slamming down on the horse's spine and may cause some soreness.
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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An ill fitting saddle can do much more damage than someone riding bareback. I am not a beginner. I've been riding since I could walk. I think he'll be okay. ;)
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 03:05 PM
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An ill fitting saddle can do much more damage than someone riding bareback. I am not a beginner. I've been riding since I could walk. I think he'll be okay. ;)
Lol, agreed...

The first time I cantered my 4 year old OTTB mare, it was bareback in a shipping halter. I didn't even have 2 reins... just one lead rope. I neck reined her to the right, and direct reined her to the left. Haha, it was interesting. And FUN

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-02-2010, 03:07 PM
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This is what I'm talking about:
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I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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