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post #1 of 24 Old 04-23-2019, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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bareback questions

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its boiling here, and my horse is hating it, so I feel kind of bad keeping her in the sun with her saddle on... especially when in the school as theirs not much shade.

because of this I've started riding bareback more often- I'm actually getting kind good at it, but have some questions, and would love some advice;

I'm having a lot of trouble getting an active trot, I've been doing trot poles... elevated poles etc, and she picks up along them, I don't loose balance too much although I bounce quite abit, but for the rest of the school she totally ignores my leg and trots at a really slow speed, its very cute- like she's looking after me- but I really need her to pick her legs up more and don't really know how to ask her to... I really don't think I'm hurting her as she has no reaction when going over the trot poles, I feel more like she's just ignoring me

also since its shedding season there is horse fur EVERYWHERE.
so literally ANY tips on that would be amazing! ( not grooming tips- literally just to help keep the fur on the OUTSIDE of my jhodpers XD )
I'm thinking of riding with a saddle pad but I've got a feeling I will just slip to the side if theres nothing keeping it there.

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post #2 of 24 Old 04-23-2019, 06:52 PM
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Hi,

I reckon bareback riding is great for developing a good, independent seat - if you learn to do it without gripping with your legs of course. As to bareback because you reckon the saddle's too hot, don't know it would be much different for her, having a saddle, or just you on her - obviously you cover a little less area, but...

If you feel she's ignoring your leg, do just as you'd do if she ignored you in some other way - back it up. Make it uncomfortable for her if she ignores. I'd use a crop, if she's used to that, or tail of reins slapped across her wither. But perhaps you're also inadvertently giving 'slow down' seat aids, if you're not used to bareback?

As to the covered in fluff... and if it's hot, you'd be getting a sweaty rump too... and I find regardless how much you groom, a dusty horse leaves a rather embarrassing brown patch on you when riding bareback! So if I'm out in public or it otherwise matters, I use a bareback pad - or a saddle pad with a surcingle. You're correct that a saddle pad by itself without being strapped on won't stay put, Even strapped on, they're not meant for security - they shouldn't be too tight & they can slip a bit... but they keep your backside clean! Great for if you're riding to the pub for lunch & don't want to look like you have had an accident when you walk in!

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You could be gripping too much with the leg to stay on, dulling her reaction. Could be she doesn't feel you are balanced enough with a more active trot (you unbalanced = her unbalanced = her uncomfortable). Your seat could be bothering her enough that it's uncomfortable as she's protecting her back. Going over the poles doesn't mean much, it's 3-4 strides that she can grit through if needed.


If you don't have a bareback pad, you can also use a surcingle over a saddle pad. Also gives you something to hold onto.
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Just curious . . . it's boiling? in the UK, in April?? isn't that rather unusual?

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@tinyliny - It's hot all over LOL. Record breaking as far as i know. A strong wind is keeping it down today.

@UnhappyHacker - I've always found riding bareback uncomfortable when it's hot; your getting double the heat and sweat. I would think that she would be just as hot using one as she would be with a saddle. I've never used a proper bareback pad, although i've tried a numnah and a surcingle. It wasn't something i could get used to but i think that's more about habit than anything else. I think they're fine for around the field and tracks, but i wouldn't ride out on our roads on one.

As for horse hair; it sticks to everything and has an unnatural ability to spread. Brush it off your jodhpurs and it'll attach to your shirt, car seat, whatever clothes you change into....

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guess ill give up on the horse hair then, don't think many people at my stables have a spare surcingle... maybe ill try wearing 2 pairs of jods at once XD
I did think that a bouncier trot might hurt her but she's not a sensitive horse- nothing I've ever done has phased her and I was a REALLY bad rider when I started riding her...
she's also a total barrel, theres no spine on her so Im not hurting that I don't think- and she's never reacted to a whip or anything
I can even sit to her bounciest trots when asking for a canter (I know its bad but she's old and arthritic both me and my instructor agree its easier on everyone to let her have a bit of a run up)

honestly I'm partly thinking its just the heat... though if it is my seat I don't really know how to improve that if she won't let me push her up a bit... even over poles when she picks it up I'm not particularly bouncy...
I don't think I was gripping with my legs either- though honestly I wasn't focusing on that- more so on keeping my butt on her back and keeping a good position... so when I go back ill keep an eye on it...
might be able to get a lesson of bareback- just to check everything over
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I only ride bareback in the winter when the horse is fuzzy and I need the warmth. There's nothing that feels worse to me than sweaty jeans covered with dirty and hair. Blech. I ride with a saddle in the summer. It doesn't seem to matter much to the horse!
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Just curious . . . it's boiling? in the UK, in April?? isn't that rather unusual?
Easter Sunday temperatures reached 76 f. Not the hottest ever recorded but came as a shock!

Just to level things out, it's raining today!
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76 is boiling?? That's a darned near perfect day around here. We get about three a year-- today is one-- 76 and sunny, light breeze, it's beautiful. Unfortunately it's a weekday and I'm stuck inside. Boo hiss.
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Easter Sunday temperatures reached 76 f. Not the hottest ever recorded but came as a shock!

Just to level things out, it's raining today!
I know! I spoke way too soon about nice weather

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76 is boiling?? That's a darned near perfect day around here. We get about three a year-- today is one-- 76 and sunny, light breeze, it's beautiful. Unfortunately it's a weekday and I'm stuck inside. Boo hiss.
lol, you may think its great, but I've got a very hairy cob who said other wise XD

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