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My horse has very bouncy gaits, and he is even worse bareback.
I think it might be because he does not feel as if he has to be more collected bareback, and I love to ride that way.
Do you have any tips for him to loosen and smooth up?
An will his gaits get smoother with age??
If his conformation is bad then his gates will not get any better with age. You just need to find that pocked.Even if the horse is super choppy. It may be best to ride him with a saddle for now on. As he could end up hurting him. Its harder on a horses back when you jumping around and cant get a good seat.
They said that his conformation was fairly good. And what do you mean by 'pocked'? Okay, Thanks!
First thing to remember is collection starts from behind, many people think when a horses head is down and in they are collected, but the only way the trot will be less bouncy for you is if the horse starts carrying them self through engaging his hindquarters and using his back. Half halts and smooth transitions can help with this, if you find him straining at the bit and you feel as though youre playing tug o war, there is no way he can be collecting as his effort is being put toward the wrong muscles working against you and bottoming out his back. Stay nice and relaxed and even work on flexing his back muscles from the ground (tickling his belly will do this). Stick to the saddle while you help him develop these muscles better- if you never develop them or teach him to use them correctly age won't matter in making this better. Have faith though, it's hard work but totally doable, and then when you get on any horse trotting bareback you'll look like a pro ;)
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