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I love too ride bareback on my horse Jett, I can do anything on him except gallop. I'm afraid that I will fall off but I really want to gallop him but when I ask him to he won't gallop he just lopes faster. So is galloping smoother or bumpier than a lope because I just want too know because nobody has every told me what is felt like besides that it is amazing? Please just give me some pointers on how to ride bareback because I've just been teaching myself and I ride english so I have fairly good balance and everything I just want to improve my bareback riding. My horse is 19 too so he is starting too get older so I don't want to be to hard on him but I know he can gallop he just won't do it when I'm on him. :?
Get a neckstrap to hold onto, you horse may not be galloping because he may feel that you might not be very secure. When I have galloped my horse bareback, it has felt smooth and a bit like flying. My horse has a lovely gallop, your horse may be different. Coming back to a canter from a gallop can be tricky so make sure your brakes work before you start. Watch that your horse does not put his head down low, this is a bit scary!! Hope this helps, let us know how it goes.
Thanks! I will try to get a neck strap soon. It will be a while before I can try it out though because it is really muddy where I ride. I also have a new horse that is still green and once we finish her training I want to ride her bareback some too.
If you've never galloped before, I think you might want to do it with a saddle first, so that you can see how smooth your horse's is. This will make you feel much more secure and willing to gallop bareback, because you will know what to expect. Plus, if you find your pony likes to buck at the gallop, you'd best be in a saddle when he does it! I second the neckstrap - they make you feel much better :) If you rode English, you could just take one of your stirrup leathers off and use that, while you were bareback. Mane also works, if you don't have a neckstrap, are using a saddle, or ride western. Also, try to get up off of your horse's back. It will make it more comfortable for him/her to get going.
When I galloped Reo, it was super smooth, and a BLAST. He was a very well trained horse, and I trusted him with my life, (I had leased him for about 3 years before I got my own horses) so it was an easy experience.
Oats, on the other hand... Though I also trust him completely, and he has very nice breaks, his gallop was actually a bit rough, and surge-y. I stayed on, of course, and I was bareback, but it was different from Reo's gallop. I haven't yet galloped Cowboy or Diamond. But my point is, each horse is different. Galloping is a fantastic experience, and I'm sure you will love it - but I recommend being underSADDLE the first time you try it.
If possible, you might try it together with a friend that has a more experienced horse. Some horses need a model to get going and/or get pretty excited by galloping and having a calm buddy can help keep it controlled. Plus it's fun to gallop with a friend!
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I've never tried it bareback, but my horse's gallop is like floating. It's so smooth, I don't feel any movement beneath me at all. I do however, spend most of it hoping he doesn't trip. Definitely try it with a saddle first.
Sorry I have nothing to add to answer your question, but I was wondering how you ask for a gallop. I'd like to try galloping too.
If you have a good feel of your horse under you, you will feel the moment they transition from a fast canter into a gallop. You'll feel them flatten out and might feel a sudden increase in speed like changing gears in a car, depending on your horse.
I have taken my gelding for a fast canter bareback, and have tried for a bareback gallop down the beach [where I could just take him from the sand into the water if he refused to slow down - he can be pretty strong at times] but he didn't want to go and I was too nervous to argue with him. His gallop is quite smooth and lovely to ride, I have galloped him several times with a saddle on so I would know!
There is no greater feeling of freedom [and also nothing riskier] than galloping your horse bareback in a halter and lead with no helmet on or anything. I guess galloping bridleless would be even better but I haven't done that!
Thanks for all the help!!! You all have help a lot, I think I might actually be able to gallop now! I didn't quite know how to ask him to gallop either so thanks for answering that question. I have my horse at my house and none of my friends ride so I couldn't really ask anybody. I have gotten him to go into a fast canter but I don't think it was a gallop. Plus we don't have a very big field (our land isn't that big) so how much room do I need to gallop and is it ok to canter or gallop on the side of a hill thats not very steep?
Canter/gallop up hills on a fit horse is a great way of building muscle so yes it is totally ok! They need enough room to get up to speed and slow down, so I like to gallop when I have a lot of open space that I know has good footing - like the hard packed sand at the beach, or a particular trail - with no holes. The beach is absolute best because I have absolutely no limit how far we can go.
I can get my horse up to a gallop in any of our paddocks [size wise - the front two have really bad footing so I never ride in them] but that's doing a big circle using the whole paddock. I'm not sure how big each paddock is, though... I think the smallest is about an acre but I could be wrong. My boy is quite well balanced, so he's ok to go fast on a circle, but some horses need to go in a straight line. For that you will need to find a good safe bit of trail, or as I said above, the beach [or if you don't have a beach, sometimes a river bank works just as well, depending on the river]
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