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post #1 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Bareback Training?

I am getting my mare soon, and I haven't ever rode. She is broke for sure, but still has some spark in her . I have heard that starting off bareback is good for learning balance. Now, Gracie (my new mare) isn't bareback broke. Would it be safe for me to teach her how to ride bareback? I want to make sure by doing this it wouln't be teaching her any bad habits.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 09:19 AM
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Do you mean you've never rode the mare or you have never ridden at all? If the latter is the case then I would get yourself an instructor and go from there.

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Yea, I would agree with lis. Do you mean you've never rode at all, or you've never rode your mare?? With us knowing either one, we can definately give you more advice.

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I have rode my mare once. I have taken three lessons before I got her I know the basics of riding, and I am taking more lessons soon. I was wondering if bareback training is something that needs to be done slowly or if I could try and get on her like that.
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 09:28 AM
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I would hold off bareback until your position is more secure but that is my personal opinion.

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I agree, get to know your mare and let her get to know you before you start bareback. A horse that is a gem undersaddle could be a right squirrel bareback because all of your cues feel different anyway, I'd give you both a chance to get to know each other first. Also, its extra slick bareback,lol, gotta have a good seat! But once you get to a certain point it will vastly improve your riding, at least it did for me.
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I have personally never come across a horse that needed to be 'trained' to carry a rider bareback (assuming they were already trained under saddle). If a horse can carry a rider, he can do it with or without a saddle. It is more comfortable and natural for the horse, **provided the rider is competent**. If a well trained saddle horse is squirrelly bareback, it is usually because of inconsistent or mixed rider cues, ie trying to 'grip' with the legs to stay on, rather than balance.
So, if your mare is a calm, sane, well broke horse under saddle, it should be fine for someone to hop up bareback and go. If she and you are both green, best to get some help. Either way, the first time you do it, have someone there leading the horse (whether your horse or a school horse) so you can focus on how it feels and how to maintain balance.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 01:37 PM
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I'm a little bit half and half on the bareback riding thing--while on the one hand I agree that it should only be done by riders who know how to stay on, I also think it would help improve a riders overall riding immensely, if done so under observation. Because, unlike with stirrups where our feet and legs can over compensate for a lack of balance....if you aren't centered and balanced, you're coming off!

So, I guess the consensus is get a trainer, or continue to take lessons with this mare, and then once you have a better feel for her attitude and personality, see what you feel comfortable with.
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 02:25 PM
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You usually don't have to train a horse to bareback, as the aids are the same. I would familiarize yourself with the particular horse more before you give up the security of a saddle.
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