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    06-06-2008, 07:31 AM
  #11
Yearling
I say it depends on the type of trail ride you are doing and how far from home you are going. If it is short, bareback is not as big of a deal, but the farther you get away, you run into complications such as: your horse getting you all sweaty (yuk :) ), not having anywhere to carry helpful trail gear, having a lot farther to walk home in the event you do become unseated and lose your horse. :)

I tend to use a saddle for longer rides and go bareback on shorter ones.

I will say that I had one experience a few years ago where my young horses took off, and because I was bareback, I could not get the leverage to pull him into a stop...I ended up having to jump off - ouch. :) I no longer combine bareback trail with inexperienced/younger horses. :) We live and learn... :) :)
     
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    06-06-2008, 08:33 AM
  #12
Foal
When I go trail riding I have a saddle, mainly because i'm not a good enough rider (in my opinion), to go bareback for a three hour ride. Not only that my qh cross gets excited when we go trail riding, and he tends to sort of jig a bit. But if you trust your horse, go for it!
     
    06-06-2008, 11:12 AM
  #13
Foal
Abby I've not ridden in much in the last 25 yrs, but when I was a teenager and I did ride I never learned how to bare back ride and have always wanted too.


I'm so jealous that must be wonderful not having to saddle up all the time. :)
     
    06-06-2008, 12:57 PM
  #14
Banned
I usually always ride in a saddle....for me it's harder to keep my balance bareback than it would be if I was in a saddle.
I perfer trails in a saddle (perferably a western saddle, but I'll use an English if I have to)
     
    06-06-2008, 03:17 PM
  #15
Showing
Last week I went on a trail in a Western saddle...it was my friend's, it had no horn. ;) It was soo comfy! :P But I like going in English better...I guess 'cause I'm used to it.
The good thing was, we did some jumping out there & there was no horn getting in the way!
     
    06-06-2008, 08:00 PM
  #16
Showing
Re: Trail Riding Saddled or Bareback?

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Originally Posted by Abby
My mom harps on me, as well as my barn manager, about how dangerous it is to go out on on a trail ride without my saddle, but I feel unbalanced in the saddle, I feel like I'm flying all over the place. What are your opinions about riding on the trails saddled versus bareback?
That doesnt make sense? If you feel that uncomfortable in tack then why ride with tack everywhere else but on trails??
     
    06-06-2008, 09:09 PM
  #17
Yearling
Re: Trail Riding Saddled or Bareback?

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Originally Posted by My2Geldings
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Originally Posted by Abby
My mom harps on me, as well as my barn manager, about how dangerous it is to go out on on a trail ride without my saddle, but I feel unbalanced in the saddle, I feel like I'm flying all over the place. What are your opinions about riding on the trails saddled versus bareback?
That doesnt make sense? If you feel that uncomfortable in tack then why ride with tack everywhere else but on trails??
I don't ride with my saddle every where else hehe, I don't ride with it at all. I used to only use it on the trail but I started feeling unbalanced/uncomfortable in it the more I became used to riding bareback so I stopped riding in it completely and that is why the issue is arising.
     
    06-07-2008, 11:25 AM
  #18
Started
Personally, I like to ride with a saddle better... but bareback if fun and just fine if i'm taking the horse swimming or not planning on being gone all day.
     
    06-08-2008, 12:18 PM
  #19
Yearling
Riding bareback?

I agree that it all depends on the horse that you are riding and the situation....I wouldnt want to go out on a green or inexperienced horse bareback! Lol Lesson learned after one time or another. But, on my paint quarter horse, I can't ride her in a saddle. I have ridden her too much bareback and I am not used to riding her in a saddle. It teaches you good balence and cordination. Plus, it gets you more "in tune" to what the horse is doing under you, and may get you a better feel for when a horse has gone lame, thrown a shoe, ect. That is how I found my one qh mare was really stiff in her back leg and has a weaker stifle. Additionally, it strengthens your leg muscles and thighs and makes you learn to sit tight. Once you can sit a horse bareback through anything, you can definitely sit one in a saddle, fo sho.
     
    06-09-2008, 02:48 AM
  #20
Showing
Yeah, my old horse...he wasn't so good bareback...not as smooth. Saddle for sure with him! But Lexi? Pshh...bareback all the way. LOL, sometimes anyway.
     

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