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abbie 03-17-2010 05:25 PM

Even being a new rider, i find myself more comfortable riding bareback. i feel more stable and i just like the feeling much more. i like being closer to my horse, it just feels like i have more control actually. i trust my horse more than i trust myself i think lol. wondering if anyone else feels this way too? =) is there any thing wrong with always riding bareback? anyone have any tips on safety or anything?

ridergirl23 03-17-2010 05:28 PM

it is great for your seat to ride bareback, i find its more comfortable on some horses then others, but IMO its sorta important to ride bareback, haha it helps with balance so much! :D

Crimsonhorse01 03-17-2010 05:41 PM

I ride bareback 99% of the time. I am more stable and I can feel what the horse is going to do even more. My favorite way to ride is bareback with only a halter.

Sophie19 03-17-2010 05:42 PM

If you have a decent seat and a comfy horse then there is absolutly nothing wrong with riding bareback. It gives you a better feel of your horse and improves your riding. I unfortunatly have a very uncomfortable thoroughbred and must stick to the saddle.
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abbie 03-17-2010 05:51 PM

my quarter horse that im talking about it very comfy, my arabian on the other hand isn't quite the same. lol. i think i enjoy it because its more natural. i dont like to pile all that stuff on him. i like the way you can feel all the muscles move too. i need to invest in a saddle, but i honestly don't think it'll get much use. i have a cheap sythentic one that my parents bought but its junk anyway. i was just curious if its kinda of bad idea to only ride bareback being a new rider. but like i said, i feel safer and more in control without the saddle

horsea 03-17-2010 06:42 PM

I totally agree with you! I've done dressage, jumping, and western style all my life but I feel the best bareback. You can tell if your horse will spook because you feel it. Actually, if you don't have a good fitting saddle, you will hurt your horse more by using it than going bareback. Some horse's get back aches so just watch out for that but otherwise it is great. (Just be sure you are wearing a helmet)

horsea 03-17-2010 06:47 PM

PS I always stretch my horse's back muscles before and after a bareback ride. You use your four fingertips and rub under his belly then tap firmly along the middle line under his belly almost to his you-know-where :) It honestly loosens his back up. (but be careful at first because some horses don't like to be touched underneath)

HooverH 03-17-2010 11:11 PM

Good, I thought there was something wrong with me that I can sit a trot better bareback than in a saddle! I adore bareback, although my boy Hoover is about as bony in the back as I am in the bum. Half the time with Gun I'm just to lazy to tack, and he's so good with it. But I love riding our lesson horse Pappy about the best...he's like a Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress on hooves. ^_^

Horseshowmom 03-23-2010 04:15 PM

My 17 year old daughter loves to go out and just jump on her horse bareback with just a halter and lead rope and ride around the property. On nice days, they go to the creek and pond out back and play in the water together. She's been riding bareback for years. She does wear a helmet too. She's getting to where she can even do some low level jumps bareback. She loves it when horse shows have a bareback equitation class.

Lovehorsesandrunning 03-23-2010 04:50 PM

I loveeee riding bareback! and like im not saying at all that you always shouldnt ride bareback but you know ride in a saddle every once and a while to keep improving your riding skills then you can do even more

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