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post #1 of 18 Old 10-03-2014, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback loping?

Hi all :) I have been riding for two years and have a gaited horse so he doesn't trot. My trainer has loped him bareback and says he is very smooth, and he has never bucked before with either of us. I have loped him in a saddle and he is the smoothest horse I've ever ridden. Do you think I can lope him bareback if I can do it with the saddle? How easy is it to sit the lope without a saddle?
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-03-2014, 07:50 PM
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If you're unsure, try dropping your stirrups and riding it first. Cantering bareback isn't too hard, just make sure you're confident doing it in a saddle first. Relax and hold on with your upper thighs, not your lower leg.
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Thanks! He's a very light pressure horse so if I held on with my lower legs he'd probably gallop! Would I be able to grab a little bit of mane if I got off balanced to rebalance myself or would it throw me forward?
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If you're unsure, try dropping your stirrups and riding it first. Cantering bareback isn't too hard, just make sure you're confident doing it in a saddle first. Relax and hold on with your upper thighs, not your lower leg.
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I would ride my gaited horse bareback all the time. His canter was divine!

It is more aboutfollowing the motion when bareback. There's nothing to hang on to, so you must have a good, following seat. It's also important to have a bit of cushion so you don't kill your horse's back with your seatbones :)

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I agree with the drop the stirrups first - do that a few times first.
But I don't think you will have a problem - as long as your balance is good!
Grabbing onto the mane won't necessarily bring your forward, for some people it does though - so jsut make sure to watch that you are sitting tall the whole time and remember, toes up heels down!!

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Just grab it lightly to steady yourself, don't clutch it or it may cause you to learn forward and tense up :)
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From the sound of things you should be fine! He sounds like an ideal candidate to learn to canter bareback on- the hardest part is when they refuse to canter and your trying to sit that awful trot without falling off, bahaha.

If you want some extra security, you might invest in an inexpensive bareback pad like the Best Friends pad. The faux suede gives you a little extra grip and the grab handle can help with stability (it's not so much the girth holding it on as the weight of your body, but I found it helpful for cantering on my super-bouncy-trot pony haha).

Good luck! <3
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learn to sit the trot bareback first then the lope
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yes, setvenson, I agree.
Sitting learning to sit the trot will help your seat during loping. Your bum will be less likely to come up and you will be in the ride form to get into loping.

Once you are good at the sitting trot, you can always try posting. I cn post bareback and its hard - but it sure still does make it easier, just be careful for the rough trotters there (don't actually go all the way up but like a slight sitting up, haha!)

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Thanks all! The bareback pad is a good idea, too!
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