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post #1 of 29 Old 03-16-2011, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Bareback Trail Riding?

Is this even a good idea?

I just was thinking about that after watching a video of a horse show that had a few classes bareback. I know I would never trail ride bareback because I have zero balence with even a regular saddle, and no saddle would probably make it alot worse.

But does anyone do this? Like actually go out on a trail without a saddle. Perhaps a pack horse trailing along with some supplies, but would this even be a sensable idea.

I was just wondering. It would seem sort of cool, but then again it would be so dangerous and have alot of room for error. So, if you can, share your opinion. ^^

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Is this even a good idea?

I just was thinking about that after watching a video of a horse show that had a few classes bareback. I know I would never trail ride bareback because I have zero balence with even a regular saddle, and no saddle would probably make it alot worse.

But does anyone do this? Like actually go out on a trail without a saddle. Perhaps a pack horse trailing along with some supplies, but would this even be a sensable idea.

I was just wondering. It would seem sort of cool, but then again it would be so dangerous and have alot of room for error. So, if you can, share your opinion. ^^

~Butt
I haven't done so recently, but when I was younger, I never used a saddle at all on either of my horses and we did trails all the time.

I never packed them up with anything or whatnot, as we were just going a few miles and back, but I have always felt more secure OUT of a saddle than IN.

I didn't realize the balance issue until I got back into riding last year. I looked at my boyfriend and was like 'I SWEAR I used to do this all the TIME!' At the time I was riding a 15 hh Arab. I have since moved to a 16.3 TB and he is like riding a couch! No balance issues. I plan to take him on trails this spring/summer.

I've always felt more comfy bareback because I can feel the horse and he can feel me, we can feed off each other better. If he spooks and I fall... well, I know how to fall, to me it feels a lot less risky sliding off a horse, than it does trying to disentangle from a saddle, supposing your shirt gets caught on the horn, or foot in the stirrup or fingers in the reins, etc. Plus I find it easier to calm the animal if I can feel him under me.

Anyhow, that's my long winded self, lol.

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post #3 of 29 Old 03-16-2011, 01:01 AM
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I have trails all around my farm, so I have ridden many, many times bareback...........on a dead broke, quiet mare that responds very well to leg and rein cues. I have another mare that I started riding bareback in the arena this last summer. I don't know when I will ride her bareback on the trails.
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post #4 of 29 Old 03-16-2011, 01:35 AM
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I ride bareback on trails all the time. Even though I do come off occasionally (haven't in quite some time), I have never had 1 fall bareback that was as bad as any of my falls from a saddle. Bareback it is more like you just slide off where with a saddle, it really is more like a fall.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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agree with smrobs..I ride bareback all the time..I did a quick trail ride (about two miles) day before yesterday and took Nikki swimming in the pond in front of my house when we got home..it's fun and it just makes me feel closer to my horse. I know it's super corny but it just makes me feel like I am "one" with my horse because I know her every movement and I just love it..

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post #6 of 29 Old 03-16-2011, 03:57 PM
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you went in a pond during winter?! Crazy woman!

I like to ride bareback BUT I tend to tense one side of my body which causes a shooting pain in my hip after I get done riding so I prefer saddles. I don't think I could ride my horse bareback on trails...she's a good trail horse but at the same time if she spooks she sometimes spins and trys to gallop away so having stirrups lets me put all my weight into my seat and hold on for dear life if needed.
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I used to do it A TON. There were lots of comfy, fat, flatbacked horses. There were lots of STEEP up and downhills. I found downhill(leaning back) to be FAR easier than uphills, especially since they were severe angles. On one, I had to just grip Razz's mane and trust him.
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I've trailed on Salem bareback a few times (its not like its a far fall from the ground yet lol) but only on the actual trails. I used to ride an old police horse up and down the roads by our barn back in his younger years :)
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post #9 of 29 Old 03-16-2011, 04:29 PM
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you went in a pond during winter?! Crazy woman!

LOL, don't forget, she's down in Georgia. I don't know what the temps were like there but it was almost 80 degrees here yesterday.

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you lucky dog you!

It's like 40 here still.
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