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post #31 of 77 Old 06-28-2009, 09:58 PM
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I ride bareback trails all the time with Rainy. It helps me really 'feel' her underneath me. Luckily she doesn't spook on trails, and I'm able to really grip with my thighs to stay on even while trotting. (Not yet cantering though-her canter is a bit too wild for that!) Not so much in the arena, since she thinks she can start cantering whenever we're in the arena. =]
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post #32 of 77 Old 06-29-2009, 01:44 PM
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post #33 of 77 Old 06-29-2009, 01:53 PM
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I ride bareback on the trail. If I have to get off, I never get back on. Just no way too. So I make sure if I do have to get off, better be a darn good reason!

I enjoy it. It's really comfy.
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post #34 of 77 Old 06-29-2009, 04:03 PM
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The question is: Why would you want to? What if your horse decided to do something stupid like spook or take off up/down a hill, jump over a log unexpectedly,etc? It's not that hard just to plop on a saddle and go. Sure, it's nice to feel "in harmony" with your horse, but a real rider knows how to do it with a saddle on.

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post #35 of 77 Old 06-29-2009, 04:42 PM
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Real rider knows how to do what with a saddle on?

I hate saddles. I will ride in them every so often and if I am having a lesson. Otherwise, it's just more comfy to ride bareback. I'm a better ride without a saddle than with one. Whether my horse spooks or not.
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Real rider knows how to do what with a saddle on?

I hate saddles. I will ride in them every so often and if I am having a lesson. Otherwise, it's just more comfy to ride bareback. I'm a better ride without a saddle than with one. Whether my horse spooks or not.

^^ Ride in harmony. A lot of ppl think it is better to ride bareback if you want to be "in harmony"..You don't have to be bareback to be "in harmony". You can do the same thing in a saddle. I personally hate sturrips, so I don't use them. I have absolutely nothing against bareback riding, although it is proven it hurts some horse's spines..

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post #37 of 77 Old 06-29-2009, 04:55 PM
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So because I don't ride with a saddle, I'm not a 'real rider'?
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So because I don't ride with a saddle, I'm not a 'real rider'?
^^That is not at all what I said. Read the above post.

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post #39 of 77 Old 06-29-2009, 04:59 PM
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Yes, but that's not the only reason I ride bareback. I can feel her while riding with a saddle, but for me, riding bareback helps me feel it even more. Maybe I'm not a 'real rider' to your standards, but for me and my horse, riding bareback helps us be more in tune and strengthen our bond. I trust her not to spook and bolt.
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post #40 of 77 Old 06-29-2009, 04:59 PM
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Suny, that's exactly what your post insinuated though.

I think you feel a lot more of the horse when you ride bareback than when you ride in a saddle but you most certainly can feel in harmony with a saddle too.

Many people prefer riding bareback.
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