Bareback Riding?

I've always wanted to try riding Bareback but never really had the guts to do it plus I haven't got my own horse to do it with. But recently I have seen lots of people posting about riding Bareback and that they really enjoy it and find it more comfortable but is it really that comfortable? 

I've rode without stirrups in walk and trot, never really tried it in canter, and often think people are made when they do. I found that while being able to stretch when riding without stirrups that I just end up feeling unbalanced, but then I got put off it when I fell off Tuesday doing trotting without stirrups, and have never really tried it again since then. Is it easier to ride bareback than without stirrups? Let me know what you all think please, especially those of you that ride without stirrups or ride bareback? 

until later 
a girl with a dream 

6 comments:

  1. Bareback can be so much fun, especially if you are on a horse with a big comfy back. It much easier than no stirrups, all about balance.

    Give it a try!

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  2. Bareback riding is a lot easier than riding without stirrups.
    I ride bareback all the time its awesome!

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  3. I've been riding bareback a ton lately (too lazy to drag my saddle all the way across the yard just to ride down and see the arena is still a big mess). I find it easier than riding with no stirrups and at least on my mare it's super comfortable. She has a wide back with lots of padding lol. I think the big thing is to be on a horse that you really trust.

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  4. Thanks guys thats really helpful :) I've always wanted to try it and recently have been wanting to try it even more than before and I'd love to do it on Gatsby hes a 16.3 hh Irish draught so has quite a big back. Will deffo give it a try now you've told me a bit more about what it is like. My mums going to tell my riding teacher so I might get to try it out this weekend but I'll let you guys know :') thank you

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  5. IMO, if riding bareback is easier than riding in your saddle without stirrups, then your saddle does not fit you very well and may be compromising your balance even with stirrups.

    My horse does not have a flat, comfy back, but I have enjoyed riding him with a bareback pad. Riding bareback is an excellent test of balance and letting the right muscle groups go with the horse. Cantering is easier than trotting, by the way.

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  6. I think my main problem is that when I've tried riding without stirrups I haven't had the best balance because of a stomach muscle i have to my left side i try and protect and then by doing this i become off balanced!

    will have to try riding without stirrups and riding bareback again.

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