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    Default Dressage, Bareback

    Ran out of time last night and needed to do some dressage. So I hoped on bareback. We rocked! I could feel what my boy was doing so much better (duh!), and honestly felt I was riding with alot more fluidity. Got me thinking. Wouldn't it be fun to show up at an event and do the Dressage bareback? I have not had time to check the rules...but I think if I could pull it off I might earn extra credit with a judge.

    Or is that cheating??



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    There was an ad for a horse, or maybe a trainer who was advertising that she'd taken her horse to Grand Prix dressage never using a saddle.

    It didn't say "Grand Prix movements" or "Grand Prix equivalent"

    I always wondered how she got to Grand Prix showing with out a saddle


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    My coach can do all the GP movements bareback -- her stallion, who is now in his late 20s, routinely schooled GP bareback. She showed in a saddle, of course.

    OP, if you are interested in doing this longterm, look into a serious bareback pad. I borrowed one from a friend when my horse was rehabbing and didn't fit his saddle -- I could do everything I know how to do (roughly 3rd level on this horse) in that pad...sheepskin, with a girth. Heaven!
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    One of the most fun things I've done was riding an I2 horse bareback and doing piaffe and passage that way.



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    We got into this discussion on the dressage board and it started such a crap storm! Some of us love riding our horses bareback and would love to ride a test that way.

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    No bareback dressage for me! My horses all seem to have extreme withers. I miss the squishy ponies I had as a kid-- I can't stand to do more than walk on the guys I have now.



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    I like to cheat and use my Dover brand poly pad type saddle pad with an elastic blanket surcingle. Nice padding, easy to wash, but not terribly secure. I guess it helps me with my seat?
    Pisgah: 2000 AHHA (Holsteiner x TB) Mare (lower level eventing, with a focus on dressage)

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    I'm with Highflyer my horse's withers make doing anything bareback torture!
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    Would your trainer have had an ad or story in the Equiery about that? I think the person I saw had a stallion.

    Quote Originally Posted by asterix View Post
    My coach can do all the GP movements bareback -- her stallion, who is now in his late 20s, routinely schooled GP bareback. She showed in a saddle, of course.

    OP, if you are interested in doing this longterm, look into a serious bareback pad. I borrowed one from a friend when my horse was rehabbing and didn't fit his saddle -- I could do everything I know how to do (roughly 3rd level on this horse) in that pad...sheepskin, with a girth. Heaven!



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    I am blessed to have a lovely round Appendix QH, so I don't need a bareback pad. But I could see needing one with a Boney Pony.
    Alas, after looking at the Rule Book I need to get back in the Saddle to enter a competition! But I truly think bareback is a wonderful way to loosen up and connect with your horse. And doing Dressage is really a trip!



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