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post #11 of 27 Old 11-30-2013, 05:27 PM
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Am I the only one who thinks that would be no different…..=/ or have I lost it….?
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post #12 of 27 Old 11-30-2013, 05:34 PM
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Well...if razor backed means high withered, I suppose it would be a bit hard to fit a saddle to the horse- but that isn't a huge deal. I've worked with TBs for years and we've never not been able to find a suitable saddle for even the shark finned ones. It does make them a little less comfortable to ride bareback though, especially if they aren't smooth movers and you accidently move forwards- but that just means maybe they aren't the best candidates for that particular activity. Lol!

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Well...if razor backed means high withered, I suppose it would be a bit hard to fit a saddle to the horse- but that isn't a huge deal. I've worked with TBs for years and we've never not been able to find a suitable saddle for even the shark finned ones. It does make them a little less comfortable to ride bareback though, especially if they aren't smooth movers and you accidently move forwards- but that just means maybe they aren't the best candidates for that particular activity. Lol!
Yeah she rides it bareback, and was trying to convince me to try it bareback
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Ha, well it isn't that bad. I used to ride my BO's 16.3hh high-withered TB mare and she wasn't any harder to ride bareback, just a bit uncomfortable if you didn't have a steady seat (which, admittedly, I don't when she goes into her jackhammer trot!). If you sit straight and make sure you're in the right spot on their back though, it really isn't too terrible.
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Ha, well it isn't that bad. I used to ride my BO's 16.3hh high-withered TB mare and she wasn't any harder to ride bareback, just a bit uncomfortable if you didn't have a steady seat (which, admittedly, I don't when she goes into her jackhammer trot!). If you sit straight and make sure you're in the right spot on their back though, it really isn't too terrible.
oh I heard it could feel like ur bouncing on knives lol guess its not that bad!
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If you bounce, it might feel that way! Makes you learn to soften up your body and move with the horse pretty darned fast I mastered my sitting trot on that horse because it hurt not to do it well. Well, and I was slightly terrified of falling off of her. That's a LONG way to the ground....

Use a bareback pad o.-
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If you bounce, it might feel that way! Makes you learn to soften up your body and move with the horse pretty darned fast I mastered my sitting trot on that horse because it hurt not to do it well. Well, and I was slightly terrified of falling off of her. That's a LONG way to the ground....

Use a bareback pad o.-
Scared of falling off the side or the back?

She told me as long as I kept my weight back I would be fine
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Yep. I'm not even 5' tall and the horse is 16.3hh. I would imagine that would make for a rather far fall!

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post #19 of 27 Old 11-30-2013, 07:27 PM
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Wither height does not make a horse more or less bouncy.

My TB cross mare with high withers is very smooth to ride. I ride almost exclusively bareback, and I find the higher withers hold you in place, as there is a dip in the back where you sit. A thinner horse is easier to wrap your legs around.

The worst horse to ride bareback is a flat backed, round horse with no withers. There is nothing to hold you in place and if the horse is bouncy or sweaty, than it is twice as hard to stay in place. I had a QH/STB cross that was 17 hands and flat backed. Riding him bareback was not fun!

His mother was also a horrible ride bareback! She was 5 gaited and you were okay as long as you did not trot. Her trot about killed you.
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John, I think you are projecting your own feelings onto the other rider. Your own concerns for your vulnerable bits.
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