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post #1 of 8 Old 10-28-2010, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback

This is entirely random and I'm not sure how to approach it because all of the horses I have ridden have been comfortable with being ridden bareback.

So..Abby is 7 years old. I know for a fact she hasn't been ridden bareback in the last 4 years. No idea about the three years before that. I decided to test what she'd allow me to do one day.

At first, I jumped next to her and she spooked a little, but turned to watch. I put my forearms on her back and jumped, so a bit of pressure was on her back. She pinned her ears and gave me a dirty look. I attempted to just desensitize her to me jumping next to her by just jumping up and down. Eventually, she got over that.

A little while later, I had a little step thing to help kids get onto horses. I dunno exactly how to describe it. It belongs to the BO. I stood on it and partially laid on her back (enough so I could quickly stand back up if she got mad...if that makes sense?). She pinned her ears and put her head down as if she were to buck.

She's completely fine under saddle and she had a chiro/acupuncture appointment a week and a half ago, so I have no idea.

I'm not sure how to approach teaching her to let me get on her.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-28-2010, 11:51 PM
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My horse doesn't like bareback either, she freaked when I tried it. All I can say is just a little time each day or whenever you can spent trying to get her to allow you.
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It isn't such an uncommon thing for a horse that has never been ridden bareback to react differently. I back them bareback much the same way I back them with a saddle for the first time. Just take my time, desensitize them on each side, and when I feel they are ready, I tighten the inside rein and swing a leg over. Keep a tight hold on a chunk of mane and keep one rein shorter just in case she does decide to act silly and just go.

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-29-2010, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I figured just working with her when I can would help. I'll be slightly disappointed if she decides she really doesn't like it, but hey. I'll get over it. We just won't swim in the summer.
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My mare, while she will let me ride bareback is a bit nervous about it...I think she is just more insecure about the different pressure when you're bareback vs with a saddle. She is also very sensitive to your weight shifting, etc...so is easy to turn, stop, etc, just with your weight...of course she is still refining, that, but I think it has alot to do with it...

I do it the same as Smrobs...just keep doing what you are doing, as if she's never been ridden before, just without the saddle.

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I know that the guy who bought her from the people who bred her when she was a 3 year old only had her for a few weeks, I guess, and trained her extensively, so she used to be very sensitive to seat position in a saddle. The woman I bought her from owned her for 4 years and only really used her for trails with her friends, so she has since become somewhat desensitized, but I think it's probably because she has no idea what I'm trying to do and the pressure is different.

Thanks for the comments!
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-29-2010, 01:19 AM
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Have you ever used a bareback pad? I used one with my mare when she was thinner since my boney butt would probably have been uncomfy with her, at the time, boney back. Now she's filled out a lot more and I ride her bareback without it. Anyway, you might be able to use one as a "transition" from saddle to bareback.

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-29-2010, 02:32 AM Thread Starter
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I was just thinking about that, actually. I think my BO has one. I wonder if she'd let me borrow it. My butt's fairly boney right now because I lost like 15lbs when I messed up my neck from riding (I only weighed 115-120lbs. I'm was scrawny..and then I got scrawnier.) Most of it was from my butt unfortunately and I haven't gained all of it back.

I will have to ask next time I go out there.
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