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post #1 of 9 Old 07-24-2010, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Wow... I Never Realized Until Today...

Today it was EXTREMELY hot out (I think it was 99*F) so I decided to go for a quick bareback ride just to give Jerry some exercise. Well, I never realized until today while I was riding how much your seat affects the way the horse moves. I mean, I hardly had to use my reins in the beginning, and by the end of the ride, I was able to trot down a straight line, through corners, come back down to a walk, and halt with no reins. Now, obviously he won't be as responsive with a saddle, because there IS a big chunk of leather in between him and I, but I just thought I should post it here that if your horse isn't turning or halting when you ask, try not to be so reliant on your reins. Remember, they can feel every shift of your weight, even through the saddle.

(I thought I should add that Jerry is not one to turn/stop when you ask... He has a different plan. So this was an accomplishment.)
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-24-2010, 09:04 PM
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Good job!!
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-25-2010, 12:07 AM
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Good job! There is nothing more awesome than a good bareback ride.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-25-2010, 01:03 AM
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i totally know what you're talking about! i noticed that too when i used to ride this QH names diego. i loved riding him bareback because i simply had to lean in and he would turn. he also learned this trick where if i was adjusting my seat, he would know and slow down so i could fix it then pick it back up when i was done. i always used to rest my hand in the middle without realizing i was doing this, but he picked it up and associated it with me fixing my seat haha!

but look how loose the reins are with him! i never had to pull back on them haha
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-25-2010, 01:20 AM
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Think of the things that historically would have been done from horseback that needed both hands. Archery, for instance.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-25-2010, 01:37 AM
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I had a moment like that with my Rebel boy. He had the worst gaits and when I ride him bareback he was so much easier ti rde because I could grip and he was so much more capable of performing my commands. It was so great
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-25-2010, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
Think of the things that historically would have been done from horseback that needed both hands. Archery, for instance.
good point!

my grandma always said too that if a horse can feel when a single fly lands on their body, what makes you think they can't feel exactly what's going on when you're riding them?
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-25-2010, 02:54 AM
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Well think about this - a horse can feel a tiny fly or mosquito land on its shoulder can't it? I think us human's get so caught up about leg and rein aids that the seat is forgotten, we also apply aids very 'loudly' when the horse doesn't initially respond. But the horse is so sensitive, you don't need to boot them, pull them around etc. a tiny shift in weight will easily be felt by the horse, even with a saddle.

You may be surprised, you say he won't be as sensitive under saddle to your seat, but give it a go, ride with your seat next time you put a saddle on him, close your eyes and feel where your weight flow is going. Your horse can easily feel your slight shift in movement through the saddle ;)
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-25-2010, 10:11 AM
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same thing for me! I went riding yesterday and got to ride two horses I trained (i was visiting the barn) and I got to ride Angel (15.1hh paint mare) bareback and I forgot how responsive she is to leg! I didn't use the lead rope once! (I was riding with just a hatler xD) I even rode her backwards using just leg. very fun. xD

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