6 Benefits of Riding Bareback

Bareback is one of my favorite ways to ride. Here are a few reasons why it’s awesome.

1. You are more connected to the horse

When you ride bareback, the horse can feel everything you do. When you relax, they are more inclined to relax, when you tense up your leg and ask them to go faster, they can feel it through their whole back.

2. It requires more balancing muscles

Riding bareback is a fantastic way to become a better rider overall. You improve your balancing muscles and your seat, which in turn makes you a better rider in a saddle as well.

3. There’s significantly less risk of getting dragged if you fall off.

Unless your foot gets caught in the reins, you aren’t going to get dragged if you fall off while riding bareback. For this reason, and the fact that they can feel my cues more easily, I tended to ride new horses bareback.

4. Your legs are adjustable

While, the bones in your butt/legs can cause some pressure points, in general, your legs can adjust to fit any horse, unlike a saddle. I find that it’s significantly better to ride a horse bareback if your only other option at the present is a saddle that doesn’t fit the horse.

5. You don’t have to take off your saddle before swimming

Without a saddle, you don’t have to worry about having to dismount (and remount, which we all know is the real issue) to remove your saddle or run the risk of getting your tack wet. You may however have to dump the water out of your boots on the ride home.

6. Emotional benefit

As mentioned before, you have a greater physical connection, but this also translates to a greater emotional/mental connection. You can really feel like you’re on the same page and as though you and the horse understand each other in a way that is at the very least, quite challenging with a saddle

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