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

rachael_lara
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I’ve found that for some horses that I did not have a custom saddle for it was better to ride bareback. One Arab in particular had high shoulders and without a custom saddle her, her shoulder movement was hindered by the saddle and it dug in painfully. Horses like that can start getting girthy and threatening to bite when you put the saddle on. Riding bareback does not have to mean you bounce all over the place….unless you have a horse like my appy that trots faster than she gallops. I’ve never seen any ill effects from bareback riding and it’s extremely enjoyable for me and both my mares. I find it helps me be more aware of the ques I am giving, and communicate better with my horse.

If you are worried about their back throw a saddle pad under your bareback pad before cinching up(great trick for horses that feel like riding a 2×4).

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