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        02-26-2014, 11:57 AM
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    Foal
    Better bareback?

    When teaching or even just maintenance training a horse to move shoulders,hind end,etc., do you think its better to be riding bareback? Logically the horse is better able to feel you and vice versa, so as long as you don't have leaning issues without a saddle for support, would this not be better? At least some times, not all. Just wanted opinions. I find Salem always responds a little better,faster, bareback.
         
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        02-26-2014, 12:18 PM
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    Horses respond faster bareback because there is nothing between you giving the cues and your horses back. You have to be clearer, more precise in a saddle to communicate well. Bareback basically increases the obviousness of your cues, if communicating under saddle is like talking, communicating bareback is like shouting the same commands.

    I think introducing a concept bareback might be an ok way to get a point across, but for a horse that is going to be ridden mainly under saddle, its more important to have them understand the cues under tack.
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        02-26-2014, 01:14 PM
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    Foal
    At the end of it all, I also think both horse and rider need to be able to communicate just as well under saddle. But as a starter aid and occasional polishing agent, think more people should ditch the saddle :)
         
        02-26-2014, 01:41 PM
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    Weanling
    I feel safer riding in a saddle, for the obvious 'holds you in security' reasons. Which in my opinion means my cues are easier to understand, as I am not tense from being nervous or trying to hold myself on. Though I should add, I haven't ever ridden bareback outside of our pastures, and my mare HATES to be ridden in her pastures.. she has this snooty attitude about it being *her* place, and *her* choice on activities, and being worked by me is evidently not one of them! I plan to get brave enough to go off our property this summer bareback.. but then I remember that it is all very hilly, rocky and full of animal holes, and the thought of falling off due to any of those, esp. Onto said rocks, scares the bejeesus outta me. And most everywhere around here has the same hills/rocks/holes issues.. so bareback isn't the most functional in my mind... But boy it is great for an arm work out when she chooses to not listen!
         
        02-26-2014, 04:58 PM
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    Weanling
    Personally, I don't think the horse cares very much as long as the rider can stay balanced and effective.

    If, while bareback, his movements cause you to loose balance and he has to 'catch' you, then he isn't going to learn as well or as fast if you are able to effectively use your aids and respond, aide, and reward with proper timing.
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        02-26-2014, 05:20 PM
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    A good saddle won't hinder your communication. I can squeeze my butt cheeks and my horse can feel me through the tack (in a western saddle and pads). It protects your horse's back, distributes your weight evenly, and enables you to be in a position to give good communication and not worry about having to overcompensate for balance (I'm assuming that we're not perfect at bareback riding). I'm not against bareback riding, but I am totally for sensitization to the saddle and the rider.
         

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