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post #11 of 14 Old 03-15-2019, 11:31 AM
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I weigh two hundred and none of your business pounds. The farthest I have ridden my horse bareback is about 4 miles. He didn't complain. I threw away my bareback pad because I can't jump high enough to get on with that extra inch and a half of height.



Alexander the Great rode Bucephalus thousands of miles bareback, from one end of the known world to the other. Native American tribes like the Blackfoot rode their horses from Minnesota to Idaho bareback. I think saddles are mostly to make it easier to stay on.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-30-2019, 01:18 PM
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I like a suede bareback pad for grip, or the toklat coolback ones for horses that are bony. Sometimes I just use a square pad to keep my pants cleanish.
I've never see a horse complain about it.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-05-2019, 10:24 AM
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My horse is currently being worked primarily bareback. I am all of 5'3 and can't jump high enough to vault onto my small elephant (16.3/17h) from the ground, but that's what mounting blocks are for. Think I'd just about be able to struggle up there if I stand her in a hole, but it's nicer for her if I spring up smoothly, which I can only do from my mounting block.

If you ride bareback a lot, you HAVE TO have a bulletproof sitting trot. Posting bareback is purely for the rider's development, not the horse's benefit. And while you could theoretically bypass trot altogether by training a solid walk to canter and canter to walk, you can't avoid trotting forever.

I ride true bareback, no pad, no nothing. I own a high withered thoroughbred. I just haven't found a pad that sits well on her!

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