Bareback Riding

Develop Confidence in Your Horse by Bareback Riding

Going bareback riding with a horse can help the horse develop balance and their muscles. Back in time, people didn’t use saddles since they didn’t have any saddles to use. Saddles can still be useful in their unique ways, though. Riding bareback can help you see the way your horse is moving since you’ll be feeling the muscles under you. You’ll be able to help your horse gain confidence if you ride them bareback.

How to Prepare Your Horse

For bareback riding, you’ll need your horse to be calm and quiet, and it needs to have no back issues and smooth gaits. It will be uncomfortable to ride a horse if it has high withers. Apply petroleum jelly to sensitive areas if you are worried about getting chafed. Before you start bareback riding, you’ll have to master how to turn, walk, and halt. You should also know how to teach the horse how to do the posting trot, sitting trot, and canter while you’re on the saddle whether or not you have stirrups. Having a saddle on the back of the horse helps it distribute your weight. So, without a saddle, you’ll be putting your pressure into a more focused area. Make sure your horse isn’t uncomfortable. You’ll have to ease the horse into bareback riding, so ride it bareback after you ride for a few minutes at a time.

How to Mount the Horse When It’s Bareback?

When bareback riding, you won’t have access to stirrups, and that will make it more challenging to get onto the horse. You will need someone to help you up, or you can make use of a mounting block. You could also use a nearby fence railing to get onto the horse. But it’ll be a challenge to get your horse close to it and standing still as you try to mount the horse carefully. It’s the safest option if you have a mounting block that is stable and not wobbly since you’d most likely fall off the horse. Make sure you don’t get your horse lined up along anything that could get any of the straps or reins tangled on it. Ensure that your horse stays close to where you try to mount onto it. You could easily fall if your horse isn’t ready to be mounted. Keep an eye on any cues your horse may show you while you’re trying to get onto it.

How to Stay In a Comfortable Position

When you get onto the horse, you should try and get comfortable and see if your horse is also comfortable. An excellent seating position in bareback riding is the same as if you have a saddle on the horse. You are going bareback riding in an attempt to ride better than you did before, not making it a method of getting habits that aren’t healthy. Check the alignment of your heels, hips, shoulders, and ears and keep your eyes on them. Focus on making sure you aren’t making your horse uncomfortable and do your best to be light on its back.

How to Stay In a Comfortable Position
How to Stay In a Comfortable Position