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post #1 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Bareback Riding

Crazy question folks.
My Cob has gained weight despite only eating first cut hay and no grain. She was sent to the trainer 2 years ago and I haven't had the time to ride her regularly the last 2 years. She was trained for 6 months, but I consider her green due to me not getting miles on her. Also she never did anything bad or naughty under saddle and is rather lazy.

Her saddle does not currently fit her correctly and I am wondering if I can just ride her bareback. Something I haven't done in years, but if I have too I can.
I've known some horses who didn't care if there was a saddle on their back or not and I've known some horses who did not care for bareback riding at all.
Is there any specific way to go about getting her used to bareback riding or should I just have my husband hold her and hop on?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 09:11 AM
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I'd get a bareback pad. A nice thick one. I have two from a company called Intrepid or Intrepid International. Riding with a bareback pad might be more comfortable for you, and it would be a halfway thing for her in case she didn't like being ridden bareback. Before you get on her, you can try putting some weight on her back over the pad, then you can sort of half get on, just to make sure she wouldn't mind. My guess is that a chunky cob probably wouldn't mind being ridden bareback.

As the owner of a chunky pony, I can tell you that you may very well be sore afterwards, as your legs get cranked out at weird angles from your body. Imagine yourself riding and doing the splits at the same time...

ETA: just wanted to add that I went through pretty much the same thing with my Pony for pretty much the same reason, and I ended up riding only bareback for over a month. Once I got used to it, I really loved it, and I probably would have stuck with it if I didn't want to eventually jump him, and I didn't think it would be fair to him to jump bareback.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 11:15 AM
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Yes, but get a bareback pad, with no stirrups. Riding for any length of time without something protecting your rear, can and will give you a boil. Ask me how I know this.....

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 12:40 PM
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When I was a teenage kid I rode with a bareback pad and sewed a long wool sheep skin on top of it and covering it. I was great. The sheepskin wool molded itself custom made to my legs and rear, gave extra padding and also looked really cool.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 01:20 PM
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Definitely get a bareback pad. There are a lot out there, I've tried out quite a few, but the Barefoot Physio one is my favorite. You just need to get a dressage girth for it, it doesn't come with one.

This is the bareback pad I use - it's so comfy, & really good for the horse's back. Super supportive. I did get extra shims, but that's up to you. It comes with 2 sets of shims though.

https://www.barefootsaddlesusa.com/B...ride-on-ph.htm

It's my favorite!
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 01:45 PM
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When I was a teenage kid I rode with a bareback pad and sewed a long wool sheep skin on top of it and covering it. I was great. The sheepskin wool molded itself custom made to my legs and rear, gave extra padding and also looked really cool.
Make me one!

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post #7 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 02:21 PM
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Please feel free to make yourself one. Just get a large Icelandic sheepskin rug and tack it onto your bareback pad with leather thongs.
I think I will make myself a new one too. That was 50 years ago.
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We use a sheepskin with an over girth.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 03:14 PM
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I have read........by those who claim to know such things, that nerves exit each section of the spine at 1/12 to 2 inches from center and that if pressure is applied to the points it is very uncomfortable (or worse) for the horse.


Have never handled a bareback pad but I'm supposing it has some clearance to protect the spine.


More of a problem for the average male rider as the seat bones are a little closer together than on the average female.

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-24-2020, 03:33 PM
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I have read........by those who claim to know such things, that nerves exit each section of the spine at 1/12 to 2 inches from center and that if pressure is applied to the points it is very uncomfortable (or worse) for the horse.

Have never handled a bareback pad but I'm supposing it has some clearance to protect the spine.
Bareback pads aren't like treeless saddles. They don't have any structure and no clearance for the spine. I mean, they have a seam in the middle, so there is some structure, but there would have to be some sort of frame in order to really protect the spine, I'd think. Actually with a lot of horses, it's probably more about protecting the rider from the horse's spine. Like Moonshine -- ouch ouch ouch. Whereas Pony's back is softer and squishier than the softest saddle or saddle pad; he's got his own built-in gel pad. He's so cushy. And his spine most certainly does not protrude, LOL. I would guess that him having that, er, "muscle" up there protects him from the pressure points from my butt. He actually seems to prefer being ridden bareback to being ridden in a saddle, even in the saddle I have now that really fits him nicely. FWIW. But again, that might be because of all of his comfy padding. Maybe a more normal shaped horse would feel differently about it.

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