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post #1 of 16 Old 11-13-2013, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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I have recently(about the past 6 months) decided to try natural horseman ship because I feel that both my horse and I need it. It started off with just riding bareback a few days a month, but now we would both rather him be bareback than with a saddle! Chevy is such a good boy and he lets me do basically anything with him! I do the natural horsemanship mainly just for fun, but now I am seeing how it affects our riding, and I would like to take it farther. What do you do with your horse to improve your riding? What/How does it improve your riding? Do you have any tips for me and how to improve my riding? Thanks y'all!
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how has it affected your riding? I would be curious to hear what differnence you are seeing, and how they tie back to what NH you have been doing.
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I have noticed that my horse responds much better to my seat and leg aids when we are bareback, so I like to make sure to ride that way off and on again. I've personally always enjoyed bareback for pleasure riding, it's comfortable and you feel more connection to your horse.
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how has it affected your riding? I would be curious to hear what differnence you are seeing, and how they tie back to what NH you have been doing.
I used to have a bad habit of moving my legs all over and having a very crazy seat. My legs now stay in almost the same spot and my butt is GLUED to the saddle! I have also not been so heavy in my hands.


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I have recently(about the past 6 months) decided to try natural horseman ship because I feel that both my horse and I need it. It started off with just riding bareback a few days a month, but now we would both rather him be bareback than with a saddle! Chevy is such a good boy and he lets me do basically anything with him! I do the natural horsemanship mainly just for fun, but now I am seeing how it affects our riding, and I would like to take it farther. What do you do with your horse to improve your riding? What/How does it improve your riding? Do you have any tips for me and how to improve my riding? Thanks y'all!

I also love riding with my bareback pad, and I use a rope halter/hackamore. But Natural Horsemanship is so much more than riding, and lots and lots of people ride bareback who don't 'do' natural horsemanship. Are you saying that because you ride bareback, that equals natural horsemanship? Just curious where you're coming from...
Riding bareback or on a bareback pad helps your balance and as said, helps the horse feel your seat cues better. Natural horsemanship ground work can also help your riding.
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I used to have a bad habit of moving my legs all over and having a very crazy seat. My legs now stay in almost the same spot and my butt is GLUED to the saddle! I have also not been so heavy in my hands.


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but I don't understand how that has anything to do with NHorsemanship. Riding bareback and having a good seat are pretty general to any kind of riding/horsemanship.

What are you doing that is NH? Sorry, don't mean to sound like I am carping, but if you want some ideas of things to do, it would be good to know what you are already doing and how that has helped you so far.
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I used to have a bad habit of moving my legs all over and having a very crazy seat. My legs now stay in almost the same spot and my butt is GLUED to the saddle! I have also not been so heavy in my hands.

That's because riding bareback helps develop your leg muscles and balance.

Riding bareback or without stirrups is used by most trainers to teach their students these things, whether they teach "natural horsemanship" or not. I think you may be a little confused about what "natural horsemanship" means. As stated above many who don't "do" NH (like me) use this method to become better riders or gain better communication with their horse. Riding bareback with a halter is not NH in itself.
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I do things on the ground, but it's just teaching him ground manners and showmanship without leads and stuff. There is nothing very extensive NH wise going on, that's why I was asking for advice.


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