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post #11 of 24 Old 02-12-2010, 11:43 AM
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Think about your entire lower body being a part of the horse. Sounds new agey but it works. Move with the horse. Don't have a death grip on the horse with your legs.

Don't trust those handles on the bareback pads either. Bareback pads in general are not a good idea. They provide a false sense of security. If you are going to ride bareback, ride bareback. Keep working at the walk until you have a really good feel of the horse. Then start at a nice jog-trot. Make sure you are wearing a helmet if your balance is an issue.
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post #12 of 24 Old 02-12-2010, 11:54 AM
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I too am not a huge fan of the bareback pads. I find when people start focusing on holding on with their hands they forget to balance their body & hold on with their legs.

I also agree that cantering is wayyyy easier than trotting ! To start I would get comfortable doing a slow jog & sitting [not posting] & when you feel balanced move on to trotting.

Bareback is my favorite =]

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"Make sure you are wearing a helmet if your balance is an issue. "

I disagree...Make sure to ALWAYS wear a helmet, balanced or not...! I am a huge helmet advocate...I would be in a serious state (if not dead) if I hadn't worn a helmet with the crashes I've had!

That having been said, thanks for all the input! I have a new mare, 4 yrs old and not quite full grown. I don't want to put a ton of money into a saddle yet (waiting a year or so til she's done growing) so did go out and buy a bareback pad 'deluxe', with stirrups, etc. so we can at least go trail walking! (OK, it was on sale for 2/3 off, and the gal I talked to had one and said it was fine for that) My balance is naturally off (long story) but I have heard that riding bareback will help strengthen that. I do ride my big guy without stirrups (Just slip em off while riding trail) but fear takes over...Patience seems to be the key, and of course the ever popular " relax into the fall..." ROTF!

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Don't grip with your calves! As it will make your knees rise up and un-seat you even more, hold on to the mane if it helps to make sure you're not holding on by your horses' mouth via the reins. Also ride a horse with an easy long stride that isn't too bouncy first time so it is easier for you to sit to. Try not to bounce to much, look over your horses ears don't look down. Do a slow trot to start with that is less bouncy and sort out your position before you ask the horse to go any faster and don't canter until you are secure with fast trotting as coming down from the canter can be very bouncy!
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post #15 of 24 Old 02-12-2010, 01:16 PM
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When I ride my choppy trotted mare bareback, I push my heels down and grip with my thighs. Its important not to be too far forward though. I would also encourage you to ride in a safe spot without stirrups and put your arms out with your eyes closed. Make sure that your back is straight but your hips are loose and feel the movement of your horse. My trainer told me "it should look like your humping a football" ..............Your hips should be moving with your horses hips. It has worked for me, good luck: )
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post #16 of 24 Old 02-12-2010, 01:42 PM
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Or cantering?
I've never ridden a horse bareback, other than walking.
I've heard you squeeze with your legs, but others say not to do that because that's essentially comanding the horse to go faster?
So, how do I hold on?
I wouldnt grip with your legs, not only does it make the horse go faster but it makes you lose you ballance too. Practice in saddle without stirrups first, sit very deep and relaxed. When riding bareback use this same deep seat and maybe use a neck strap to hold on to, it you don't have one then a martin gale or breastplate (with the girth loop tied up)

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post #17 of 24 Old 02-12-2010, 05:13 PM
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You have to use your seat. Never use your legs to stay on. That's why riding bareback is so nice for improving your regular riding. Ride the exact same way you would if you had a saddle one. Keep your lower back relaxed, your lower leg wrapped around your horse and your eye up.

Give it some time and take it slow, you'll get it and your seat will improve. Good luck
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I find when riding bareback, sitting the trot is the best way to go at first. After I mastered staying on with the sitting trot, I started on the posting trot. Most horses have a certain spot on their backs, usually either right behind the withers of slightly farther back, where it will feel like your sitting in a chair. Weird, yes I know, but I find it's true. Some horses I've noticed, like Arabs and some Saddlebreds, make it really easy to sit the trot. With Rocket, I had him almost at a Racking pace while he was trotting and found it to be really smooth.

No matter how balanced you are, ALWAYS wear a helmet. A friend of my RI's fell off her horse when the horse bolted and lunged to the side, she hit her head on a fence pole and never woke up. I was never one to wear a helmet after I got comfortable either until the one day where I put it on and my horse threw me twice. I've always worn one ever since then.

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post #19 of 24 Old 02-12-2010, 11:50 PM
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"Make sure you are wearing a helmet if your balance is an issue. "

I disagree...Make sure to ALWAYS wear a helmet, balanced or not...! I am a huge helmet advocate...I would be in a serious state (if not dead) if I hadn't worn a helmet with the crashes I've had!
I don't wear a helmet. I don't assume everyone else does, so when I give advice about these things that is why I say to make sure and wear a helmet in those circumstances.
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post #20 of 24 Old 02-13-2010, 10:34 PM
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I ride better bareback then with a saddle my instructor says. I agree, to me its easier. I have major saddle issues:) Up hill is easier then on flat or down hill, so each time I tried my new bareback gait I did it slightly up hill. I still try my new gaits up hill if I'm on a horse I've never been on bareback. Relax and Breath. Grab the mane if you have to and don't use your legs for balance..... Sit up nice and go with your horse. TOES UP HEALS DOWN!!!
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