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9 Useful Tips For Bareback Riding

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9 Useful Tips For Bareback Riding If riding bareback is challenging to you, follow these tips and you'll be saddleless in no time!

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Bareback riding can be lots of fun year-round. It’s much easier to go for a ride without the long process of tacking up. Riding without a saddle can help those short on time, looking to improve their seat, or learning to feel their horse’s movement. While it has many benefits, riding bareback can be a challenge. Follow these tips for rider and horse safety.

1) Ride with a helmet: No matter how casual the ride may be, don’t risk your head. It only takes a moment to put on an ASTM approved helmet.

2) Be careful of bareback pads with stirrups: Not only can they put your body in the wrong position, but they can be dangerous. Bareback pads in general can be slippery, so take caution when riding with one.

3) Have some experience: You should be able to walk, jog, and lope in the saddle before you try it without one. A great middle step is riding without stirrups in the saddle.

4) Find a calm horse: Before you’re a pro at bareback riding, it’s wise to begin on a calm, quiet horse that you can depend on.

5) Use a block or friend: Mounting bareback can be tricky. Ask for a leg up from a friend or use a mounting block. You still want to land gently on your horse’s back.

6) Remember your position: Even without a saddle, your position should be proper. Check the alignment of your shoulders, hands, legs, and heels.

7) Have some help: Before you feel comfortable, ask a friend if they can walk your horse around on a lead. For faster gaits, it isn’t a bad idea to be lunged.

8) Find your balance: You’ll feel a much closer connection when you ride without a saddle. Try to follow your horse’s movement. Keep your legs relaxed and remember to breathe. Avoid over-gripping the reins or pulling on your horse’s face.

9) Be kind to your horse: You should be gentle and light on your horse’s back. If his back is hollow or he seems uncomfortable, you may be off-balance or sitting too deeply.

Enjoy your ride and learn to feel your horse on a new level! Bareback riding can be a great experience if you come into it prepared.

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