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View Poll Results: Bareback, Bareback Pad, or Saddle?
Totally Bareback 3 16.67%
Bareback Pad 3 16.67%
Saddle 12 66.67%
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    05-12-2010, 01:52 AM
  #11
Started
My big boy is more comfortable bare back, and very easy to ride he's so smooth... but if I did fall off or had to get off I would never be able to get back on, so I think I'll stick to a saddle when we start trails again!
     
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    05-12-2010, 02:00 AM
  #12
Foal
I do both depends on mine and my horses mood.
     
    05-12-2010, 02:49 AM
  #13
Weanling
Depends on the horse. My Arab mare was a couch. You could do 12 hours on her bareback without a bad no problem over all sorts of terrian at all different speeds. Not just an experienced horse person either. Riders who had very limited experience found her super comfy. She was a bareback lovers dream.

My gelding is also really comfy. My pony is, but she is built down hill so I don't know how eager I would be to be going down a mountain on her without a saddle. I've been there, done that, and it hurts your groin after awhile.
     
    05-12-2010, 09:22 AM
  #14
Banned
That's the other thing...

Gettin back on if you get off...volunteeringly or NOT! I usually have to get on a side-hill to get back on. With Gypsygirl I can pretty much jump up and pull myself on without a hill or bucket or whatever, but that is only without a pad. I kind of pull the pad over trying to get on.

I will often go bareback if I just want a quick ride and don't really have time to get all suited up. Sometimes I will just throw a halter on one of them and take em for a spin.

I can just use a rope halter on each of them as well and they respond very nicely, which is nice.
     
    05-12-2010, 10:44 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by RawhideKid    
I can just use a rope halter on each of them as well and they respond very nicely, which is nice.
That IS nice! And handy in a pinch!
     
    05-12-2010, 01:30 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I have lower back problems due to a riding accident so if I ride bareback for to long I start to get a pain in my back on my right side. I went on a 3 hr trail ride bareback and on the way back I was ready to get off and walk. But I noticed thta the more I do it, the better it seems to get. I love to ride bareback in the pasture, but my mare has hellish withers so I ride with a bareback pad or saddle. On the trail I prefer a saddle cause off and on is so much easier.
     
    05-12-2010, 02:37 PM
  #17
Foal
I like bareback depending on which horse I ride...2 of the horses are very comfy. The mare is a little jumpy and would not be happy about me trying to jump back on her on the trail. Not to mention, I would have to find a big hill to get on her (and even then it is questionable whether I could get on). Where do you put the beer?...Saddles are better for my trail rides.
     
    05-12-2010, 02:57 PM
  #18
Showing
I ride in my Western on my gelding, my English on my mare, bareback a lot on the gaited gelding, and rarely in a bareback pad--only when I'm training them and don't feel like using a saddle
     
    05-12-2010, 09:45 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I'm seasonal *lol* I tend to ride with a saddle in the summer and bareback in the winter for added warmth! I'm not a fan of bareback pads, though, when I ride bareback I just hop on.
     

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