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    06-10-2008, 06:21 AM
  #21
Foal
I think bareback is fine. It makes you a better and more balanced rider. I take customers on trail rides all week long for our farm, in addition to riding for fun and it it very rare that I use a saddle. I'll go 8 months straight riding almost every day without sitting in one, and I also teach my riding students to go without one. I think it builds confidence and trust.
     
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    06-10-2008, 10:35 AM
  #22
Started
I would definitely suggest using a saddle for trail riding. It's a lot safer. I wouldn't suggest riding on a trail alone either. You never know what could happen out in those woods!

Have fun!

*Bareback is great and improves riding. But in my opinion, that's something to do "back at the ranch." Lol.
     
    06-11-2008, 01:08 PM
  #23
Weanling
Personally, I'd prefer a saddle, just because its' easier on/off for me, and I can srap on other stuff, like water bottles and a first aid kit.

You might feel better bareback, but I do think on a trail that a saddle would be the safer way to go.
     
    06-12-2008, 10:00 AM
  #24
Yearling
Trail riding bareback

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Originally Posted by barefoothooves
Personally, I'd prefer a saddle, just because its' easier on/off for me, and I can srap on other stuff, like water bottles and a first aid kit.

You might feel better bareback, but I do think on a trail that a saddle would be the safer way to go.
I have fallen off horses with a saddle on before on the trail and without...it all depends on the horse and the day. Even if you think you are making the right decision you can still get horse. It is just a chance you take.
     
    06-12-2008, 10:55 AM
  #25
Weanling
Curly Horse,
Yes, you can get thrown off ANY horse, any time, and I've done my share of bareback riding,and yes, I've come off more times than I can recall after growing up on horses, usually doing stupid stunts when nobody was looking (when I was younger) and then on young horses.

After all that time, I'd vote that a saddle is safer more times than not. There's more to hang on to. If bareback was safter, dude ranche and lesson horses would never pack a saddle. If you are close to home and come off, no big deal.

10 miles out in a national forest, though, and you break your ankle, you will have a heck of a time getting back on (I actually DID break my ankle riding bareback and had to walk home cause I couldn't hop back on the 16h horse I slipped off of) WIth a saddle, I could have pulled myself back up (painfully LOL)

Still say it's smarter to be saddled on the trail. Antoher thing, besides not being able to carry first aid kits, etc on a "naked" horse, is if someone sees a horse with a saddle without a rider , it sends a message that someone could be hurt and they will look for you. To find a loose horse you don't see a saddle on from a distance, many people won't think to catch it and find the owner (or at least they will take longer to notice he's packing a bridle and not just some random horse that got out of a pasture) believe me, there are many people that won't just catch a loose horse, but will if they see the saddle.
     
    06-12-2008, 11:18 PM
  #26
Yearling
Riding bareback

Yes, saddles are useful. It just depends what you are more comfortable with and the horse. I have done thirty to fourty mile rides bareback and did fine, but that was just me. I was on a horse that I have ridden for a long time and she does better bareback with me rather then in a saddle. Is she an exception? Maybe...it just depends on the day. You say that you feel more comfortable in a saddle and that's fine. Opinons are what make us different lol But I think that people will notice a horse with a bridle on, its just not my coincidence that a horse is going thru the woods with a bridle on. Haha But accidents that are serious is the reasons we should ride with a buddy, have cell phones, walkie talkies, ect.
     
    06-20-2008, 10:10 AM
  #27
Weanling
I love bareback..and Jet actsb etter bareback...nothin but a lead rope...but that is on the trails he knows mainly...i have ridden on some trails that he didnt know bareback and he did wonderful but I usually ride in a saddle if I don't know the trail.....but one of the biggest causes of deaths in horseback riding is a foot getting hung in the stirrup and a horse dragging that person....so Mr bailey had one of those rigs that they use with bareback broncs and I rigged it to use on my horse

So now I can ride bareback and have something to grab onto if needed and not worry about stirrups hangin on to my feet if we fall over...wich has happened alot to me and ole Jet unfortunately...lol
     
    06-21-2008, 01:49 PM
  #28
Yearling
My horse has a long mane, and that's all I need to hang on to. :)I thought about getting those bareback pads with handles and such, but if it doesn't have any rigid structure, its going to slip, if I try to balance myself with it so instead of anchoring myself to something that is being strapped on to the horse, I anchor myself direction to the horse, with his mane. :)
     
    06-26-2008, 07:05 AM
  #29
Foal
It depends.

My old girl is wonderful bareback, I can do a lot more on her bareback than in a saddle - trail, games, carrying random things (leafblower, yabby net...), even flat work. She just gets it better, and is actually heaps quieter.

But I ride a younger horse as well, and I have ridden her bareback, but not on the trails yet - she's quiet enough in the yard, but not quite sensible enough yet. I'll give it a go sometime, perhaps if I have to go check a gate or something... then if something DOES happen it's not too far to walk back!

And the horse I lease is an angel either way!!! At one point, we had 2 riders, 2 saddles, 2 horses, but only one set of stirrups and leathers. So I just went bareback rahter than without stirrups, I felt much comfier.

It's a personal thing. As I say to the kids when they watch me ride bareback, I have a heap more 'stickability' bareback than in a saddle... but that's just me!!
     
    06-28-2008, 07:13 PM
  #30
Yearling
I guess for me, riding bareback is relaxing and comfortable for both me and my horse. I feel more in tuned with him, when he's tense I feel it immediately and I can prevent a blow up or spook from happening.

Trail riding is a reward for him, and I think it would almost defeat the purpose to put a saddle on to reward the horse. Saddles heavy and trap heat, and a cinch constricting. I don't know about you but when I'm hot, the last thing I'd want was a strap around my belly.

I'm crazy about the comfort of my horse, completely. I'm paranoid of my horse not enjoying his time with me, so I try to do everything I can to make it happy for him and me. Having horses let us ride them is against everything in their nature and quite a big step out side the comfort zone. I guess its my way of saying "Thank you!" because he lets me do what ever it is that I do whether its working on his lead changes or blazing the trails.
     

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