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    Default Bareback Exercises

    I'm in the last two weeks of my "free lease" situation and I just found out that the mare I've been riding is a really comfy bareback ride. Come fall I'll be back at college where I can only ride once a week in lessons, so I want to take full advantage of this opportunity Does anyone have any good bareback exercises-particularly for rider position? My worst flat problem is slouching (back and shoulders) and o/f I tend to jump ahead.
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    I would school the same as you would with a saddle. Lots of posting trot, two point and eventually some small jumps. It will really strengthen your leg and give you a secure seat. If your confident enough also go for hacks.



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    Set up a small gymnastic--it will help you strengthen your position so much, especially through your core. If your mare is good, set it up as a chute so that you don't have to worry about steering and can concentrate on your body.



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    Well..in my opinion your best bareback exercise is a trail ride.
    Given you have one saint of a mare of course.

    I would school the same as you would in full tack.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTee View Post
    Set up a small gymnastic--it will help you strengthen your position so much, especially through your core. If your mare is good, set it up as a chute so that you don't have to worry about steering and can concentrate on your body.
    Definitely. Jumping bareback should help jumping ahead as I find it very difficult to jump ahead without a saddle.



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