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post #11 of 94 Old 10-06-2009, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Mine is not so much that I worry about getting hurt (though that is an idea), it's that my future horses are much taller than I will be able to vault onto. John right now is 18hh and my goal is to be able to ride him around bareback and I have little doubt that Rafe will be no less than 17hh. Bareback is my main mode of transport in winter cause it is so much warmer and I can't exactly carry a ladder around with me . I may start working on that with John and Dobe, Rafe can wait. He is still getting the whole "hold up your feet for the farrier" thing down and I don't want to confuse him.

Haha, that's true. I have a 13.3hh gelding and I can get up on him bareback just by jumping up and doing this on his back: http://aspiregym.com/jenna%20on%20bars.JPG

Then I can swing my leg around from there.

My mare is a little bigger (15.1) and to get up on her I have to place her strategically next to a hill, and even then it takes me like 5 tries to get on her. I couldn't imagine having an 18hh horse! I'm only 5'3 : /
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post #12 of 94 Old 10-06-2009, 11:50 PM
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Well, I'm 5'5 and I have a hard enough time with 14.3 hh Dobe. If he is even slightly uphill, there is no chance. I have hell getting on John even when he is saddled so there is no chance bareback without either a barrel to stand on or someone to give me a leg up ;). I do love riding him though, it reminds me of when I was a little girl riding my 16hh QH. Same basic proportions LOL. And it is a very empowering feeling being head and shoulders (literally) above everyone else with 2000 pounds of pure power under you. Even if it is still incredibly green broke power .

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I've ALWAYS taught a "one knee" bow, because it is so much easier to train, for one...and two, it is so much easier on the horse. It is also very easy to teach the 'lay down' from the one knee bow...I can't see being able to teach 'down' from the first position, which looks SOOOOOO uncomfortable!

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Well, I'm 5'5 and I have a hard enough time with 14.3 hh Dobe. If he is even slightly uphill, there is no chance. I have hell getting on John even when he is saddled so there is no chance bareback without either a barrel to stand on or someone to give me a leg up ;). I do love riding him though, it reminds me of when I was a little girl riding my 16hh QH. Same basic proportions LOL. And it is a very empowering feeling being head and shoulders (literally) above everyone else with 2000 pounds of pure power under you. Even if it is still incredibly green broke power .

Haha, I bet. I would love to have a draft someday. My boyfriend wants to get one when he get a horse (he's 6'2). The biggest horse I've had was a 16.3hh Saddlebred. Luckily he parked out, because I was only about 5' when I had him!
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Come on up and you can start Bessie for me ;). I think she will be a much smoother ride than John is. She is almost as tall and much wider but her gaits seem a lot flatter.

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Come on up and you can start Bessie for me ;). I think she will be a much smoother ride than John is. She is almost as tall and much wider but her gaits seem a lot flatter.
Ah, I'd love to if only I lived closer! She's adorable : ]
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I just taught my yearling how to bow. On ONE knee. She picked it up really quick, and I have been making sure to alternate between just picking up her foot and putting it down and picking up her foot and asking for the bow. I can't have her getting confused. The next step is to teach her the other side, and then I will teach her to "flop." =]

My mare, though, I stretch out her back by putting a treat between her legs, but she always gets the treat before she gets on her toes. She tries sometimes, but I'm pretty quick to give her an "Ahh!" It just seems bad. Ugh.

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That looks soooo uncomfortable, and the 2nd pose looks much more comfortable on the horse all around.
I agree the mane on the lipizzaner is stunning ! (am I right? A lipizzaner? And I probably spelt that wrong !)
But anyways, I will definitally have to teach my horse that lol, I Am 5'4" almost 5'5" Like just a few inches off.
So I find it particularily hard to just go and JUMP up on my horse lol, I lost my flexibility atm ! But hopefully I can train myself to just jump up on a horse ! XD
Thank you for the suggestion of that, I never would have even thought about it !
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That looks soooo uncomfortable, and the 2nd pose looks much more comfortable on the horse all around.
I agree the mane on the lipizzaner is stunning ! (am I right? A lipizzaner? And I probably spelt that wrong !)
But anyways, I will definitally have to teach my horse that lol, I Am 5'4" almost 5'5" Like just a few inches off.
So I find it particularily hard to just go and JUMP up on my horse lol, I lost my flexibility atm ! But hopefully I can train myself to just jump up on a horse ! XD
Thank you for the suggestion of that, I never would have even thought about it !

Good luck!

The horse in the picture is actually an Andalusian that was performing at the Lipizzan Stallion tour.
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I can't imagine that the first version of bowing is good on the tips of their hooves either. I don't exactly think their built to stand on their tippy toes.

I'd love to teach Duchess to bow (I may play around with that a bit today Lol) but I'd never want her to look like that O.o

I have to agree though. I've seen quite a few people on here who've taught their horses to bow like that. I'm surprised none of them have chimed in at all.

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