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post #11 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 02:06 PM
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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"
I like jeans or breeches when I ride bareback, but I also use a Parelli Bareback Pad. Its a good thing I do, because April (14 yo Chestnut Paint Mare) has almost no mane to grab, and the pad has a nice handle if you need it. You can use a saddle pad and just cinch it on too, and add a strap if your horse has a scanty mane like mine.

Luckily, April is just like the QH describe earlier because her back is wide and cushy, and her gaits are smooth and gentle, even when she crow hops!

All the advice so far is excellent! Relax and be aware of your knees: you should not allow yourself to pinch your knees to stay on. I like to visualize my feet stuck in mud below me, like I am standing. I got that from reading "Centered Riding," a really good book.

I would stay in an enclosed arena at first if you can, just to feel more in control of the situation.
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 05:24 PM
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I loved riding bareback, I used to gallop everywhere. I sadly can't go faster than a walk on my mare because she has the WORST gits EVER (NO ONE wants to ride her more than once I ask and the have a look of fear on their faces XD) lol. I want to go see my friend just to ride Barskie/Blacks Bear (QH I was talking about) XD.
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post #13 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 05:45 PM
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Haha riding bareback is definitely the most fun :) but wider is not always better! My mare is impossible to stay on around a sharp turns! Shes so flat and wide you're forced into a chair seat, and when she turns and drops her shoulder her whole back tips in leaving nothing to hold onto! Like sitting on a dining room table that got tipped over xD but for the straight lines shes very comfy

Just practice, practice, practice and soon you and your horse will just melt together. Definitely want to work on keeping your body relaxed, the more tense the more bounce. I ride mostly in jeans and havent had trouble with that. My belgian is a bareback rock star - we go on trails for hours bareback :)
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post #14 of 20 Old 12-20-2013, 10:05 PM
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I also ride in just regular old jeans.

I use a bareback pad to give a bit of padding for myself and also for my horse. My horses have plenty of padding for me, but sometimes I worry about my bony butt making them uncomfortable.

Added plus is that the bareback pad has a lot of stick-um (it's an old felt western pad that I made into a bareback pad myself).
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post #15 of 20 Old 12-21-2013, 01:13 AM
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This is me riding bareback in the snow today.

I was riding my KMSH mare Ella and ponying my breeding stock Paint April. They are both comfy rides!

This was as especially challenging ride because ponying requires more balance from me and better behavior from the horses. Plus, it was a two hour ride, so I may feel a bit sore tomorrow!

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post #16 of 20 Old 12-21-2013, 01:52 AM
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I love Kerrits to ride bareback in. It's kinda weird because I ride western and they're English breeches but they are sooo comfortable! Some of them have leather patches that give you a little grip. Have fun!!
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post #17 of 20 Old 12-22-2013, 05:42 PM
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Agreed with PunksTank, I'm glad I'm not the only one with that problem! When my mare drops her shoulder in a corner it's darn near impossible to not almost slip off. She's wide and has a short, slippery coat and a short clipped mane haha. That coupled with the fact that she has a very bouncy trot make her a little less than the ideal bareback horse, but she is nice and warm on the tush in the winter :)
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post #18 of 20 Old 12-22-2013, 07:01 PM
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I've hopped on bareback for as long as I've had my horse, but I just recently decided to get more into it. I'm really stable at the walk, but at the trot it seems as though I'm sliding all over the place. Not like about to fall off, but almost like I'm creeping up on his withers. I just bought a bareback pad this past week in the hopes to give me a little more stick while I get everything else sorted out. I've only used it twice, but it definitely helped! I rode in the pad with jeans, and I think I might try my full seat breeches with it next time for added grip. Will definitely try to wean myself off of the stick reliance, but that's where I stand right now. The biggest things are definitely to relax, and grab mane if you need to!

This is the pad that I bought, if you're interested. It's made of a really nice microsuede, and has was on sale when I bought it. Looks like it still is. Two pieces of advice with pads, though. Don't buy one with stirrups. If you use the stirrups then all of your weight will be concentrated in one narrow strip across your horse's back and it will hurt him. It'll also provide a false sense of security. The pad really has no support, so if your horse scoots out from under you while using the stirrups for support, then the pad could slide. On that note, don't grab the pad for support if your horse spooks or something. Again, it could slide if the horse scoots left and you stay right! Grab mane instead.

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post #19 of 20 Old 12-22-2013, 07:12 PM
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My horse and I are riding bareback more often than saddle and it is working wonders for us, he is listening and performing better bareback and bitless than with a saddle and bit in.

One thing I might wanna mention so it doesn't happen - but not all horses do this.
When you get comfortable to lope 1. it is actually easy to sit it bareback than you tihnk and 2. keep your heels down, toes up but DONT let your heels "grab" on as well with his sides. I did that and that is how I foudn out my horse is actually no that lazy and can actually buck!

Always wear a helmet.

Do extra groudnwork before mounting.

you can post bareback if you need to, but it is hard IMO haha!

I agree with beau, the first few times are a little wobbly and tough, but for me - after a week I was better.
It is the best thing to get your balance - it is the true test of balance.

If you like to jump (I ride western and I only have one jump and it is small, maybe about a foot high) then jumping bareback is pretty fun and easy! I enjoy doing it and after a few weeks of riding bareback and got my balance I cna jump without holding on if I wanted to, but I'm just not wuite that ready. But I can hold on with one hand and its fun!

I am going to challenge you. Take your time to get here!
But I eventually would love to see some videos of you doing what I do to test my balance. Lope with your arms out like an airplane.
One you ride bareback more often the better you will get, and I have been riding bareback since about maybe september or october and loping with no hands is an amazing feeling!

I am going to try and ride bareback as often as I can and try and do everything I can bareback.
I've rarely been in the saddle for a few months and hopefully I can do a little bit of slow barrel racing bareback - we will see ;)

But riding bareback is so worth it and it is so much fun!!
Just promise me to always wear a helmet and don't be afraid to hang on to the mane! And don't be afraid to try new things!
I start my small jumps in the saddle, and I was terrified to jump bareback, but once I did - well, everything you do bareback is just so addicting. But then of course anything you do with horses is addicting.

Good luck and keep us updated! I would love to see some videos!!

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