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        11-01-2010, 01:53 PM
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    Weanling
    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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        11-02-2010, 01:32 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Thats great.
    I know how awesome it feels, but you don't want to do to much with him bareback may hurt his back
         
        11-02-2010, 03:50 AM
      #3
    Started
    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.
         
        11-02-2010, 08:10 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RedTree    
    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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        11-02-2010, 11:35 AM
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    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by equestrian    
    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 :)
         
        11-02-2010, 12:42 PM
      #6
    Foal
    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.
         
        11-02-2010, 12:46 PM
      #7
    Trained
    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.
         
        11-02-2010, 03:59 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    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. ;)
         
        11-02-2010, 04:05 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by equestrian    
    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
         
        11-02-2010, 04:07 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    This is what I'm talking about:
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