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post #1 of 20 Old 12-19-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Tips on riding bareback?

I am starting to learn bareback, and I was wondering if you guys had any tips/comments for me? Thanks in advance !

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post #2 of 20 Old 12-19-2013, 11:36 PM
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Yep, stay away from the withers .

In all seriousness, the best thing to do is just relax and, if you feel off balance, grab a handful of mane.
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post #3 of 20 Old 12-19-2013, 11:42 PM
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Yes, relax and don't think about it too hard...I used to ride bareback all over the place...it's your balance that keeps you on above all else.
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 12:05 AM
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Just practice. And beware the chaffing. ;)
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 12:15 AM
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Don't be afraid to hold on for dear life in the beginning. Once you get the 'feel' for the horse, it can be good to go no-hands (if someone else is leading/lunging you) or, if you have a lot of trust in your horse you can be like me and ride no hands anyway (it helps when the horse is old and lazy).

Also, try and learn on a horse with plenty of padding on their back. My boy is chubby, but you can still feel every inch of his spine, and it doesn't tickle.
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post #6 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 04:59 AM
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Don't be afraid to hold on for dear life in the beginning. Once you get the 'feel' for the horse, it can be good to go no-hands (if someone else is leading/lunging you) or, if you have a lot of trust in your horse you can be like me and ride no hands anyway (it helps when the horse is old and lazy).

Also, try and learn on a horse with plenty of padding on their back. My boy is chubby, but you can still feel every inch of his spine, and it doesn't tickle.
Dear god. This brings back memories of a high withered STB I use to ride. WORST horse ever to ride bareback. You could feel everything. Never tried in a bare back pad. But my old perchy mare was a dream to ride bare back, obviously. We called her the big comfy couch.
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 07:11 AM
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Start small! Work your way up slowly from walk, to trot, etc while you get a better feel for the horse and get your balance. I'm still in the trot stage, too chicken to canter still!
Circles or turning is probably where you'll be off balance the most at first.

I started in the round pen and typically do bareback after our normal rides when I know my horse isn't so fresh and is attentive to me.

And yes, beware the withers and spine! People have different opinions on bareback pads. I use them for a little cushion for both me and my horse's sake! But I, personally, would never use a bareback pad with stirrups. Since there is no tree or other form of stability with pads, riding on a pad with stirrups seems like a good way to slip!

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post #8 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 11:16 AM
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It works better if your horse is stocky, fat and mutton withered XD. My friends QH was all of that, and we NEVER used saddles. Lol grumpy old horse used to crow hop thinking he was being bad. Turns out his crow hop was smoother than his lope XD!
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 12:02 PM
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The more you ride bareback, the better you will get at it. And you'll be amazed at what it does for your balance! Starting last month, I made a "vow" to not ride with a saddle until about March. I felt pretty wobbly the first ride, and even the second ride was a huge improvement.

Also --> make sure you don't ride in slippery pants. That makes it harder to stay on if you are sliding all over the place. I rode in my snowpants the first day and that was a bad choice.

As everyone has already pointed out, the worst thing you can do when riding bareback is tense up. Force your body to stay relaxed. Take deep breaths. Sing a soothing song to yourself (singing makes you relax). You'll be more likely to fall off if you allow your body to tense.

Go ahead and hang onto the horse's mane whenever you need to.

Myself personally, I like to ride bareback with long split reins, so if I should ever fall off, my horse won't go running loose, as I should be able to hang onto one of the reins. Can't do that with a single loop rein.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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What pants do you guys recommend? And the horse I have was recovering from being severely underweight, so right now she is at a healthy weight so she doesn't have any "padding"

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