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

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Riding bareback is much better than using an ill-fitting saddle, but because your saddle is custom it might not be better. I don’t see anything wrong with it, but if your horse gets sore at all I would stop. As my trainer says, your saddle has a gullet, you don’t! A saddle is made to distribute your weight really evenly over your horse’s back. When riding bareback, there is more pressure on their back. In addition, all of your eight is on their back directly because you don’t have stirrups to get yourself off their back. Many horses are fine being ridden primarily bareback, but if you know your horse gets sore easily I wouldn’t reccommend it.

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