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        03-20-2009, 09:20 PM
      #21
    Showing
    I've only ridden bareback on a trail a few times- it's pretty easy, though it depends on the horse. Some horses may have bony withers, & it's not too comfy on a trail! But as long as you have a smooth-backed horse, I think it's fine. I enjoy it!
         
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        03-23-2009, 09:22 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I used to ride out bareback pleanty. I used to gallop my Boo over these motor dirtbike hills down at the beach, was super fun, and man did it make you use your legs and seat, lol

    Did it mostly in summer , so we could take the horses for a swim in this little lagoon/ drain thingy after the ride wiht ouy fiddleing with saddles and such.

    Kinda odd now I think about it , as Boo wasnt exaclty the best horse to do this kinda thing on, he did buck me off the odd time .....the poop

    Havnt done bareback in yonks now, as my boy aint ridden as much now, so don't think he would particularly behave himself as for some reason bareback makes him a little silly at the best of times
         
        04-09-2009, 10:29 PM
      #23
    Started
    I wish my horses were well behaved enough for it. XD I'm hoping Norman will be a perfect trail horse in a few years. I'd totally ride bareback on trails if I had a super smooth, quiet, reliable horse. :)
         
        04-10-2009, 06:28 AM
      #24
    Banned
    Wow, I haven't even considered riding bareback out on trails.
    I ride bareback in the paddock all the time in summer, swimming in the dam and such. But since we're like 10-15 minute ride from any trails it would be a long painful trail. :P
    Doesn't help that my horse is a Standardbred. :) Not the most comfortable horse to ride bareback due to the trot. ^-^
         
        04-10-2009, 11:25 AM
      #25
    Foal
    I really enjoy riding bareback... I live in vermont and I hardly ever ride with a saddle in the winter! There is nothing like galloping through a field in the snow! Haha I also have done trail rides bareback. One time I did an all day trail ride we did about 10 miles, I did it all bareback haha. I really enjoy it and sometimes its just because I don't feel like tacking up haha
         
        04-11-2009, 12:36 PM
      #26
    Foal
    I like riding bareback, but I need to build my leg muscles up before I think about going trail riding bareback... I would definetly do it though...
         
        06-24-2009, 04:55 PM
      #27
    Zab
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Zab    
    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..
    I suppose I should update..:P
    Since the saddle broke, I've been riding bareback all the time on my standardbred Crow, and - I feel pretty much as safe as in a saddle. At least as long as he doesn't trot.. :P
    Like today I loaded him to a friend and we were out for a couple of hours, got lost, had to ride trough some pasture we ended up in, open fences, jump a 2 feet tall stone-wall, cantered, racked ( - yes he did trot a few times.. blergh :P) and well..rode as normal. Bareback of course :P
    And another day we crossed some creeks and rode up hill, jumped logs, rode some dressage (I ride bareback for my trainer too now of course) and so on..

    I'm really happy that I'm feeling so safe with him now, he still spooks quite a lot and I can't say I'm safe in the trot, but other than that,. :) I almost feel silly for saving for a 1300usd saddle when I like bareback so much.. xD But I never thought I would ever feel as safe bareback as I do, especially not on a horse like him! :)
         
        06-25-2009, 04:01 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Smrobs - I'm around 5'3" and my favorite mare is a solid 16hh, so I had the same problem you did with bareback - so I trained her to lay down on cue so I can mount without the block, or other assisitance. Great if you fall off on the trail too ;)
         
        06-25-2009, 04:18 PM
      #29
    Zab
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Qtswede    
    smrobs - I'm around 5'3" and my favorite mare is a solid 16hh, so I had the same problem you did with bareback - so I trained her to lay down on cue so I can mount without the block, or other assisitance. Great if you fall off on the trail too ;)
    I'm trying to teach that to Crow but I'm too stupid xD It doesan't work. So I'll learn to jump up.. somehow.. >_>
         
        06-25-2009, 04:34 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    I use to ride Dunny (my old QH) bareback all the time on trails. He was so wide it was kinda like riding a giant moving couch. The longest I did it for though was a three hour trail ride and I was pretty sore after that. Had to pretty much peel myself off his back.
         

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