Originally Posted by oh vair oh
I try to er on the side of sensible, not rude. I'm glad it worked out well for you though.
Personally, I have way too much to get done to always wear a bareback pad. My horses really don't appreciate my scrawny butt digging into one point on their back while I'm trying to get them to collect up through their topline. I also need to be ready for anything when I'm riding; bucking, rearing, bolting. These are young horses we're talking about. 2 year olds. They make mistakes, and if I can't stay on to correct them, those mistakes turn into vices.
It doesn't make me less of a rider. I still win bareback horsemanship at pinto shows. I can ride bareback, I choose not to. It's for fun. I usually don't find it productive. And if she wants to train her horse to be a barrel horse, she's going to need a saddle eventually.
Being on the sensible side is one thing but I have noticed on this forum that there are a few that are the same ones that are down right rude to people.
My mare was 3 when I got her with 30 days of riding on her, she was scared of everything! I worked very hard with her in the round pen for months gaining her trust and me learning to trust her. When I first started riding her out she would spin but she always stopped when I asked, yes I was using the bareback pad.....maybe I have good balance but I never once fell off of her. In fact the two times I have fallen off of her have been since I started using a saddle.
Everyone has an opinion but it's nice to give advice nicely to the person asking for advice. Not everyone agrees but give your opinion nicely is all I am saying.....I joined this not too long ago and I have noticed that some people are really rude/ignorant to others as though they are the only ones with an opinion.....sorry I came down on you, it isn't you but the way I have seen others give their opinions where it does come off as they are the only ones with the right answers.
I'm sure you are a good rider, most who own horses work to be good riders, yes she will need a saddle eventually but there is nothing wrong with working with a horse bareback or with a bareback pad.....sorry I got all defensive to you about your reply.....