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post #11 of 77 Old 03-12-2009, 01:28 PM
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I ride bareback all the time. When I pulled out the saddle for my mom to ride my old mare she looked at me like "what the heck, you feeling alright?" It was pretty funny, she hasn't had a saddle on in probably 15 years. My gelding gets ridden in a saddle a little more.... apparently they don't want you team penning or gaming with no saddle so I do trailride him occaisionally with a saddle so he stays used to it. I find it has really improved my seat and connection/ability to read my horses.
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post #12 of 77 Old 03-12-2009, 08:41 PM
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I used to ride Cope bareback all the time before he and I moved to South Carolina with my husband. We don't know the woods here so well, and I don't want to get stuck somewhere I don't know. We both knew the woods at my parent's home in Alabama like the back of my hand (his hoof).

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post #13 of 77 Old 03-12-2009, 09:23 PM
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I sometimes ride my dead broke mare bareback on trails. However, because I am younger, my parents make me buddy up and carry a friend with me.

My only suggestion is when you ride bareback on trails, ride on a bareback pad. It helps A LOT when you are going through bumpy parts.

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post #14 of 77 Old 03-12-2009, 09:53 PM
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the only problem with trail riding bareback, you can't jump with your horse as you can with stirrups, the only thing I have found that halfway works is to pull your knees up, on the sides of the whither and roll foward with the horse,
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post #15 of 77 Old 03-12-2009, 11:09 PM
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I rarely ride bareback. Too old and brittle for that anymore.
About the only time I do is when I'm camping with the horses. I turn them out to graze in a mountain meadow and when I go to collect them, I jump on bareback and use the lead rope to steer them back to camp.

We went on a ride last February in the desert. It was 22 miles and pretty rough country. A friends daughter rode all day.

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post #16 of 77 Old 03-12-2009, 11:27 PM
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the only problem with trail riding bareback, you can't jump with your horse as you can with stirrups, the only thing I have found that halfway works is to pull your knees up, on the sides of the whither and roll foward with the horse,
Sure you can................................with practice ;)

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post #17 of 77 Old 03-12-2009, 11:55 PM
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that's awsome, some day I hope to be able to jump with out a saddle, it would sure make you jump correctly lol.
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post #18 of 77 Old 03-14-2009, 05:00 PM
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I usually ride my dads horse bareback, also on trails. (Well, we nly ever ride trails anyway..) When I ride him that is.. All gaits and all trails. He has a nice, broad back :P I've ridden up steep hills and so too, only time I use saddle on him is if I need to have a pair of saddlebags for lunch or so. :)

I don't ride my own horse bareback much tho. Only up from the pasture and on the short trail (takes half an hour or so) we have here. I've ridden him bareback in all gaits, including rack and pace, but he moves to much, I don't sit very safe. :P And he's only ridden half a year or so so he's not exactly dead-broke.

I have jumped bareback before, but dads horse doesn't ump (lazy draft.. :P) and my own isn't really the best one to start on..


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post #19 of 77 Old 03-19-2009, 08:32 PM
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You mean riding bareback like this? All the time! Of course that was last year when we lived in Cincinnati and the terrain wasn't as severe as the trails here in WA. That being said almost all of our arena work here is still bareback.

Here's a couple of links to the trails in the pictures so you can see what the terrain is like in the pics. Paint Creek East Fork
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post #20 of 77 Old 03-20-2009, 08:48 PM
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In the winter, I practically NEVER use a saddle. Too dang cold to tack up!
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