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    07-28-2009, 11:00 PM
  #71
Green Broke
An improperly fitted saddle, which I would lean towards most horses having, is a lot more dangerous then riding bareback.

And the salt thing is utter nonsense. I've grown up riding bareback, when I was to young to heave a saddle over my head, I just climbed the fences and hopped on. I've been on hours long trail rides bareback, saturated in sweat. I've never ever been "irritated" by the sweat. I've had achy thighs from hanging on, which is what you SHOULD have because it means you're not sitting all your weight on the back of your horse.

I have never had a horse get "sore backed" from bareback riding. I HAVE however seen a LOT of horses get sores from improperly fitted saddles and girth galls. Unless you have a professional saddler building your horse a custom saddle, chances are it doesn't fit "perfectly". And even then, horses change shape as they lose and gain weight.

Honestly, if you don't like bareback, DON'T RIDE BAREBACK. But I think it's pretty rude and arrogant to tell people who've been riding bareback their entire lives what they "wil" and "won't" experience. Maybe you think bareback is "damaging" but I've seen a HECK of a lot more damage caused by saddles then anyone ever riding bareback.

And logically - I don't know about anyone else, but my mare will buck and be downright nasty if she has an ill fitting saddle on. If she was getting SO hurt by me riding her bareback - why is she most relaxed bareback? Horses aren't stupid creatures, and I'm not going to sit here and believe that horses who buck from a twisted stirrup leather are going to plod around getting "sore backed" from bareback riding and not show the slightest sign of irritation.

That's my opinion anyway. I listen to my horse. Until she tells me I'm hurting her, I'll continue what I'm doing thanks.
     
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    07-29-2009, 12:38 AM
  #72
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
And logically - I don't know about anyone else, but my mare will buck and be downright nasty if she has an ill fitting saddle on. If she was getting SO hurt by me riding her bareback - why is she most relaxed bareback? Horses aren't stupid creatures, and I'm not going to sit here and believe that horses who buck from a twisted stirrup leather are going to plod around getting "sore backed" from bareback riding and not show the slightest sign of irritation.

That's my opinion anyway. I listen to my horse. Until she tells me I'm hurting her, I'll continue what I'm doing thanks.
I agree completely. My horses let me know when something isn't right.

If you don't like it, don't do it. Don't tell me I'm hurting my horses when I know very well that they are fine and dandy.
     
    07-29-2009, 02:14 AM
  #73
Trained
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Originally Posted by LeahKathleen    
I agree completely. My horses let me know when something isn't right.

If you don't like it, don't do it. Don't tell me I'm hurting my horses when I know very well that they are fine and dandy.
Ditto...

And the salt thing...been sweated on by many horses for many years and haven't broken out in a rash or been irritated from it yet...must mean I'm part horse, or it isn't 'that' dangerous...:roll:
     
    07-29-2009, 01:29 PM
  #74
Weanling
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Originally Posted by RiosDad    
A horse sweats if you work it and that salt burns. If you haven't felt that burn then you haven't really ridden much bareback.
I can't say that I've ever had an issue like this...though as a child I rode bareback with shorts (don't ask me why, I just did) and I seemed to get irritated from the hair scratching my legs. Maybe this is what irritates you? What kind of pants are you wearing when you ride bareback?

Personally, I love to ride bareback, on the trails and in an arena. And I love that it's a rockin' leg workout.
     
    07-29-2009, 05:15 PM
  #75
Trained
I grew up riding only bareback. Like I said before, I galloped, jumped, etc bareback and never once did my horse come up sore because of it. Even when we were both covered in sweat, the only problems we had were either my jeans rubbing my legs or her hair being itchy but it was never a problem worth mentioning.

I guess I don't see where a saddle is necessarily "better for your horse". I think a good seat and sense is good for your horse but like it has already been mentioned, I have seen more poorly fitting saddles cause problems than bareback.
     
    07-29-2009, 06:37 PM
  #76
Green Broke
I did say it wasn't a 100% all the time fool-proof thing, right? Yes, I did.
Some people have a bad seat. If you have a bad seat, don't ride bareback. That's all I'm going to say. THEN it can hinder your horse.
Probably should have said that to begin with.
     
    07-29-2009, 10:45 PM
  #77
Zab
Yearling
Salt will burn, yes. If you leave it on for a long time, preferably with a saddle or blanket on to really rub it, then it might burn the horse..and if it burns you..well. Your problem. But salt is easy to wash off a sweaty horae.

I know plenty of horses that has become more musculr and healthy after getting ridden bareback - and that's by their regular rider with nothing else changesd, and well fitting, inmost cases also chosen by people who works with saddle fitting, saddles. The best thing for a horses back is persons bum. We don't have point preassure like a saddle since we move around more (sure, the saddle has a big point to preassure, but it keeps pressuring the same spot all the time) and with the seatbones.. you can't compare how they feel when you sit in a chair and on a horseback.. with a rather good seat you don't press any bones into the horses backs.
     

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