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post #1 of 14 Old 03-14-2019, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Question Is Bareback Riding Comfortable for a Horse?

I usually do not go bareback riding unless i am in a hurry. I don't even know if bareback riding feels good to my horse. Thats why i want to know if bareback riding is comfortable for a horse. TIA

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I'd say less comfortable than a perfectly fitting saddle, more comfortable than an ill-fitting saddle. By how much would probably depend on the boniness of your butt and how far you are able to distribute your weight across your seat and the inside of your thighs. The discomfort, in any case, will come from pressure points. Eliminate those, and you'll make the horse more comfortable, bareback or saddled.
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I'd say less comfortable than a perfectly fitting saddle, more comfortable than an ill-fitting saddle. By how much would probably depend on the boniness of your butt and how far you are able to distribute your weight across your seat and the inside of your thighs. The discomfort, in any case, will come from pressure points. Eliminate those, and you'll make the horse more comfortable, bareback or saddled.
Thank you sir :) for your informative & helpful answer.

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If you're a bit concerned, try using a bareback pad. They're pretty comfortable. I prefer using them.
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I hurt a horse if I ride it bareback. So I don't. Ever.

I believe it depends on the rider's anatomy.
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I'm currently using a bareback pad with a saddle pad under it. I have a bony butt, and my horse has a narrow back and sharkfin withers. Right now, I don't have a saddle that fits this horse.

@mmshiro pretty much summed it up comfort wise for the horse.
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If you're a bit concerned, try using a bareback pad. They're pretty comfortable. I prefer using them.
Thats a great idea! btw do your prefer any specific brand?

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Depends. An a-frame lightly muscled back isn't going to be the same as a fat pony back. Is about pressure and distribution.
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As a kid I rode bareback all the time, with or without a bareback pad. But I weighed about 70 pounds. That's a factor too.

So, lightweight rider, well-padded horse, short distance, sure. Otherwise, questionable.

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Thats a great idea! btw do your prefer any specific brand?
Trailmaster Bareback Pads are really good, a few people on the forum use them.
I've used Barefoot brand and they are super comfortable. A bit expensive, but worth it!
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