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Can we start a movement to get bareback dressage show legal?! LOL

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  • Can we start a movement to get bareback dressage show legal?! LOL

    Is anyone else completely fed up with saddle fit issues?! I feel like they control my whole life! Slipping forward. Off to the side. Slipping back. Tips me forward. Tips me back. Pressure points on the withers. Pressure points on the lumbar. I could go on for an hour with the hell I (and most of you!) have been through with saddle fit! My current pony needs a super short panel for her short back, but an open seat for my winter insulated booty and a high pommel since she's downhill to keep me from breaking my back in a 90 degree angle to stay off her shoulder and not topple over her head when she hits the brakes from me losing my balance in my awkward riding position. We spend THOUSANDS of dollars on saddles, pads, fittings and flocking and then...they change and we start over again. But not after the day or two the saddle didn't fit has caused problems like rushing or stopping that we now have to work through even when we pay thousands for a new saddle that fits. Rinse and repeat!

    So after bashing my head against a wall today when my newest concoction of saddle fitting delight failed miserably and caused me to collapse left and tweak out my back and almost get bucked off I ripped off the saddle and jumped on bareback. Well hello my pony who was so perfect up until you changed and suddenly no saddle fits you! So good to see you again! Happily stretching and keeping that lovely rhythm I remember that was recently replaced by a sewing machine! So I have now decided I hate saddles and would like to propose we wipe them from the face of the planet. Here are the points in my argument.

    1) Think of how much money we'll save! We can all afford to train yearly for a week with our favorite BNT! OR...go on a tropical vacation to celebrate not having a PIA saddle problem with a proper margarita served by a mostly naked cabana boy :-)

    2) No more relying on a saddle to compensate for our riding weaknesses. It's either get a good seat or eat dirt :-)

    3) My ABS felt on fire when I was done! And my thighs too from pushing my feet towards the ground to avoid gripping for balance! WAY better workout then in a saddle! We'll all look like supermodels with our rock solid abs and toned thighs! We'll even LOOK good on the beach where said cabana boy is serving us our celebratory margarita! :-D

    4) No saddle pads to wash! We'll save the earth with the water we save!

    5) No more cleaning your saddle after every ride! More time to snuggle our newly happy backed horses!

    6) No more wondering 'Is my horse being an ass today because his saddle doesn't fit suddenly, is the pad bunched up, did it slip or is he just being an ass? You'll instantly know...he's just being an ass so you can get after him without guilt!

    7) Think of all the cows and buffalo we'll save! And trees! It's really our moral duty to do away with the all the frustrating saddles.

    8) No more "which saddle?!" and "my saddle doesn't fit" threads for you to go through! I know I've posted them and answered on them but just think of a world without these threads!! :-D

    So this is my argument for why we should eliminate saddles and get bareback dressage approved! I'm quite sure this movement is gonna get big...I know I'm not the only one out there with a big goose egg on her forehead from the number of times I've bashed it against the barn wall over saddle fit issues. Anyone out there with me?! :-D
    Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Keg-A-Bacchus View Post
    machine! So I have now decided I hate saddles and would like to propose we wipe them from the face of the planet.
    Clearly you have a horse who is comfortable to ride bareback.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GoForAGallop View Post
      Clearly you have a horse who is comfortable to ride bareback.
      I know right! I dont have anyone that I'd even WANT to see if I could sit bareback lol...
      ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
      http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        Come ride my horse for a few minutes and you will change your mind Withers that'd make a shark jealous, a back like a knife, and gaits like a jackhammer. Not to mention the ability to leap 10 feet sideways before you can say 'boo'.

        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...9&l=b53ad03feb
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        • #5
          Fortunately my horse is pretty comfortable bareback and I've ridden her that way sometimes. For trail rides, I usually put a bareback pad over an english "pocket" pad. That way I can carry some things with me and I get some padding. Not all horses can be ridden with nothing, but I think with a bareback pad and maybe another pad that would help. I know it's good for my balance and its so fast compared to saddling up!

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            #6
            LOL! So true! She is very comfortable bareback! But I did ride my old OTTB sharkfin withered girl on the trails with a thick bareback pad on occasion! Not too bad I must say! I was quite scared to get on the first time and kept the mounting block handy in case it was too painful and I had to leap off:-)
            Please excuse the typos...I'm always on my iPhone and autocorrect is not my friend. Yes I mean mares autocorrect...not mates.

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            • #7
              My Christ bareback pad is very secure and comfy. :-)

              After years of trial-and-error with saddles, I decided to go straight to a saddle fitter and order one custom. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
                Come ride my horse for a few minutes and you will change your mind Withers that'd make a shark jealous, a back like a knife, and gaits like a jackhammer. Not to mention the ability to leap 10 feet sideways before you can say 'boo'.

                http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...9&l=b53ad03feb
                That'll teach you not to perch on your crotch!

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                • #9
                  Hear Hear! I'm only briefly in Saddle-fitting hell and I've had quite enough. Well, in truth Fella is such a fatty bombalatty now anyway. Sigh. I just ordered the BF Western style bareback pad http://www.bestfriendequine.com/west...reback-pad.htm . So I join you on your quest for saddle-free dressage!

                  Paula
                  He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LarkspurCO View Post
                    That'll teach you not to perch on your crotch!
                    You wont have a crotch after that
                    Beyond the Ring-para dressage, training, coaching
                    www.facebook.com/btrparadressage

                    Proud Team Four Star Minion! Renegade for Life!

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                    • #11
                      Have you tried a treeless? There are some nice dressage options these days.

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                      • #12
                        I'm pretty sure if I sat back enough to not destroy myself on my horse's withers he'd get a sore back from my seat bones. Talk about pressure points!


                        I do know someone who uses a treeless for her horse who just couldn't fit in any saddles comfortably. It even looks decent as opposed to some of the weird looking ones out there.

                        I've been informed by a vet/chiro who has known my horse for 6 or 7 years that I should expect to go through more saddles as his back will continue changing shape. At least I have been forewarned!
                        Originally posted by Silverbridge
                        If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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                        • #13
                          I'm interested in the Christ Iberic lambswool bareback pad and a Dr. Cook bitless bridle to play around with...lol

                          The woman riding in the following two videos had developed an amazing seat from riding bareback...(hands need work..) but I want that sitting trot.
                          She has tons of videos.

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlVy9...feature=relmfu

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feTny...eature=related

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Keg-A-Bacchus View Post

                            1) Think of how much money we'll save! We can all afford to train yearly for a week with our favorite BNT! OR...go on a tropical vacation to celebrate not having a PIA saddle problem with a proper margarita served by a mostly naked cabana boy :-)
                            I got this far and was convinced, but having been well and truly dumped last time I tried riding bareback, I'm weighing up the pros and cons
                            I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

                            Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fairtheewell View Post
                              I'm interested in the Christ Iberic lambswool bareback pad and a Dr. Cook bitless bridle to play around with...lol

                              The woman riding in the following two videos had developed an amazing seat from riding bareback...(hands need work..) but I want that sitting trot.
                              She has tons of videos.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlVy9...feature=relmfu

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feTny...eature=related
                              I am totatlly a fan of experimenting.... We are going to do a thing on my blog about western to dressage... Like where we literally take off the western saddle and bridle and put a dressage one on the for the first time and video that ride lol!

                              I should do a bareback one! Ill have to use a lesson horse so I wont die, but we will do a bareback challenge ! If I come off at least Ill get hits on my blog yeah? Lol Just kidding Or maybe not !
                              ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
                              http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Haffy View Post
                                I got this far and was convinced, but having been well and truly dumped last time I tried riding bareback, I'm weighing up the pros and cons
                                Oh no! That is my fear too lol... Mine are not saints in horse clothing! lol Well not totally anyway lol... That opposite stirrup of their jump and spin has been a lifesaver to be sure!
                                ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
                                http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Sionna View Post
                                  Have you tried a treeless? There are some nice dressage options these days.
                                  Don't go there.

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                                  • #18
                                    This is the bareback pad I'm interested in:

                                    http://www.horsedream.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=6323

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                                    • #19
                                      This one is the creme de la creme of Bareback Saddles!

                                      http://www.lasaddles.com/bareback.html

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                                      • #20
                                        I'm game! Haffy, I say start slow. The last time I was on Fella bareback was truly bareback and it took 3 people to get me on him even from the tall special mounting block (I was afraid he'd move, I couldn't get my body to do what my mind wanted to -just swing a leg over, etc. So I had a trainer coaching me from the block, her visiting friend holding Fella's head, and her friend's husband holding his butt I know I should be embarrassed but what the heck). Then I stayed on for about a minute absolutely terrified he'd zig and I'd zag.

                                        So it's all good. I'm going to do it again. In fact I think the OP's idea is grand and I'm going to try to get pictures. I'm going to start slow -walk, maybe a little jog maybe. I can post without stirrups so at some point we'll well and truly trot. Moving from there -some canter, and lateral work.

                                        Let's do this! This feels like the beginning of a movement!

                                        Paula
                                        Last edited by paulaedwina; Feb. 1, 2012, 03:02 PM. Reason: Premature submission
                                        He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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