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post #11 of 18 Old 10-07-2019, 05:02 PM
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It helps if they are previously tired. I think first rides bareback should be done at the end of a long or hard workout, while doing something routine like cooling out. Seems to take the surprise and confusion out of it. After that I'd ride bareback anytime doing anything. Some of them are squirrelly about the balance of the rider bareback, so the tiredness and "warming up" of the back seems to help.
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I never really thought about prepping for bareback ride. All my horses I just get on. Of course when I do that, it's generally just a ride around the pasture or immediate barn area or area. For trails I always use a saddle because I'm old and arthritic and can't mount if I get off or come off without a saddle, and even then I need a stump or something to reach the stirrups.
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Nothing.

I've never really had a horse react aside from a glance or a turn of the ear when I decide to go bareback & that's including getting up in the pasture (with just halter no lead) on my current horse. My first 'riding lesson' was bareback on an old welsh cob 25+ years ago back when I was 4 & I've been riding ever since.

But then I'm not frightened or nervous by the idea. Horses are prey animals and they'll pick up on a person's nerves far faster & easier than some people may expect. So someone who is nervous about the prospect of getting on bareback is more likely to find their horse getting antsy versus someone who approaches the idea as if barely any different than using a saddle.
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post #14 of 18 Old 10-08-2019, 02:27 AM
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Ofmall the hundreds of horses I have ridden, only on was startled when I got on him bareback.

This was a racehorse I was catching from the field and my attitude being 'why use six legs when you can use four?' I vaulted on him. He took off with me down the field totally startled by the change.

I only had a flat halter on him and a lead rope. Luckily he stopped at the fence and when I asked him to move he was fine.

As said, lean over him across the withers and then just sit on him.
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post #15 of 18 Old 10-08-2019, 09:54 PM
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Huh. Never occurred to me that a horse would even notice the difference. Mine actually seems to prefer that I ride bareback.
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I think every horse I've ever ridden consistently I've gotten on bareback at some point. Not something to make a big deal out of. It might feel weird at first for YOU but usually the horse doesn't care as long as they're not sore. I've galloped/jumped/lessoned etc bareback and as long as you learn to balance, you can do nearly everything you would with a saddle without an issue.

Edit: I also trail rode up a mountain through two feet of snow along cliff edges bareback, so depending on how dangerous your tendencies are, you may find my opinion more or less credible knowing that
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post #17 of 18 Old 10-09-2019, 06:33 PM
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I also trail rode up a mountain through two feet of snow along cliff edges bareback, so depending on how dangerous your tendencies are, you may find my opinion more or less credible knowing that

LOL. I once rode home back to my place from the church, through downtown, crossing Main Street, bareback, because my knees were sore from the stirrups.
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post #18 of 18 Old 10-09-2019, 10:52 PM
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I know all horses are different, but what do most horses do the first time you get on them bareback?


I'm not sure but I think I'd eventually like one of those blankets/pads with stirrups built into them but since horse has never been ridden bareback I'd like to start out.... bare. Get that over with and then add the blanket. As opposed to use a blanket/stirrups then still have to get him used to bareback.


I'll likely get him a day or two of training rather than get on him myself the first time but I keep getting the urge to do it! I've only been bareback once. It was when this horse took off on me on a trail ride and I rode someone else's horse back who happened to be bareback. NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS by the way!


But I know me. If I keep getting the urge to hop on him bareback... it just could happen some unexpected day. And I better just start researching it now!
There is no set answer for what a horse will do. As you noted, every hoses is different so the reaction could any of a variety of things. "most" of the horses I've gotten on bareback for the first time seem bit confused (even nervous in some cases) about what I was expecting. Some figure it out quickly and are very easy. Some can even get real spooky about it. Some plainly don't like it (but I can't say I blame them.....I don't think I'd like someone's ischial tuberosity...the human "butt" bones"... digging into the muscles on my back) Even a pad doesn't completely prevent the pressure from a persons weight baring down on the two points and you can encounter horses that dislike it enough to "say so" LOL.

March 2017 I got up on a horse bareback. One that I had ridden all over roads and hwy's in 3 counties, but not trained to be ridden bareback and had only been on her bareback twice (both times a few years back in the pasture and she did not like it or deal with it well either time) I was not close to home, had to mount using a log (she's too tall without a saddle), she launched me off and onto same said log and I broke 4 ribs in 7 places. Now that being said, she was true to her training and as soon as I came off she stopped and stood there waiting for me to get up as opposed to running off and dragging me through the fields and woods back home ...at least until I might have let go of the lead I still had hold of LOL. She doesn't like being ridden without a saddle (I might not either if I were her). With a saddle she's a lovely ride though and response of every que. My other mare doesn't care if there's a saddle of not and I can ride her bareback standing up on her rump (which I've done when I don't want to get my legs wet while riding in the pond or river). Every horse has their own way of behaving.
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