Reply To: riding bareback. . . any reason not to?

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Bareback is an excellent exercise as well as a great “leisure time” activity. I would, however, strongly suggest a bareback pad of some sort if you desire regular bareback works. It DOES make a difference on their backs. One thing I have noticed about bareback pads tho is that the surcingle/girth is frequently set too far forward, causing the pad to slip back and out from under the rider, putting the rider’s butt right on the edge of the pad which can cause its own problems. Simple solution for the most part: re-attach the girth farther back on the pad itself.

This might appear humourous and please feel free to take it as such but there is also truth in it (and as also insightfully mentioned by Leslie and TBxQH..):
When we envision a person’s….behind…we SEE two nice, round, full cheeks, right? Granted, some fuller than others, like myself : ) but what the horse FEELS is the two potentially thumbtack-pointed seat bones as that is what bears the weight and application of same. If one is inclined to be a seat grinder or heavy with seat aids, driving for the ohso perfect collection, the horse gets jackhammered thru the back, close to the spine on both sides and the ride can become a quick launch on a one-way ticket.

Ride bareback! Be thoughtful about it and pay attention to your horse’s way of going. Find that happy medium between all and nothing, either thru time management and/or equipment. Enjoy your time and connection with your pone : )

Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.