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Riding bareback: the pros and cons

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Let's talk about this very interesting topic. A lot of different opinions go around this topic: someone says that bareback riding harmful and generally useless, but someone claims that this is a dangerous but very useful activity.

Is bareback riding useful for the rider?

There are few disagreements on this issue. There are definitely more pluses than minuses.
Firstly, when riding a bareback, a beginner evens out landing and many of the errors that usually appear among beginners when riding a saddle go away.

Also, this is the best training for balance, you have to feel the horse, move with it as one. It is necessary to relax the lower back in order to come to harmony with the horse.
With all these advantages, it is not worth a completely novice rider to tear on an unadulterated horse, because this is a very dangerous undertaking, and requires certain skills and efforts.
As a conclusion, I can say that the experience and skills gained during the month of riding bareback can be compared with the skills gained during the year in the saddle. For the rider - this is definitely a big plus and a good, and sometimes necessary experience!

Is riding a saddle useful for a horse?

First of all, it is worth noting that you do not have to saddle a horse too young. In any case, you must choose a horse no younger than 3-4 years old, with dense and well-formed back muscles. After all, riding a bareback for a horse is not very useful and largely depends on the rider’s landing, namely, on how he distributes his weight and if he doesn’t plop.
Of course, your horse will not be harmed, and on the contrary, rare bareback riding will be useful, because it strengthens the relationship between the rider and his faithful cabman. But it’s not worth it too much, the load on the back can negatively affect your horse, and he will be provided with bruises and bruises from a long and frequent riding without a saddle.

To summarize, I want to express my opinion, riding a horse barebackand, of course, it will benefit both man and horse, but if it will be infrequent walks of 10-15 minutes. For communication and relaxation, not for wild horse racing.
Respect your pet and he will answer you the same!

What is generally useful for horse riding?

  • The rider improves metabolism,
  • Correct posture is formed,
  • Problems fixed musculoskeletal system,
  • The vestibular apparatus improves
  • The cardiovascular system improves
  • Strengthens the muscles of the body and much more.

What about the horse? It’s worth saying that you don’t need to ride bareback on too young horsesince the muscles of her back are not yet fully formed. Otherwise, if the rider fails to distribute his weight, the horse may get bruised.

Therefore, it is better to use a horse for a bareback ride after she will reach 3-4 years. Such training for the horse must be introduced gradually, so that she gets used to new loads. Infrequent but regular walks of 15 minutes would be the perfect solution.

Summarize. Horseback riding - in saddle or bareback, is clearly a useful activity for a person. Riding affects not only the physical health of the rider, but also on his emotional state. That is why we invite you on horseback rides to the Beremitskoye nature park!

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