There are many ways to ride a horse, each with its own benefits. Personally, I think the best way to ride is bareback and I’m here to discuss why.

Bareback riding is a whole different experience with your horse if you are used to a saddle. You can feel their every move, and your horse can feel your movement as well, allowing you both to communicate easier. It also helps your riding abilities in terms of strength, balance, confidence, and overall awareness of your horse.

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  • Communication – Bareback riding makes communication easier between you and your horse. You can feel the movements that the horse is making, and it can feel yours. You can use this to help steer, by shifting your weight to one side or another. The horse will pick up on this because there is no saddle interfering.
  • Strength – Riding your horse without a saddle takes extra work. To keep your position proper, sit up straight, and stay on the horse all without the help of the saddle, you are using different muscles in your core and in your legs. Riding this way will strengthen these muscles overtime making riding overall easier.
  • Balance – Saddles assist with balancing on your horse. Without this help, it is more difficult to sit in the right place and keep your balance. When there is nothing between you and the horse, you can feel yourself slipping to one side or another if you don’t sit in a proper position. With practice riding bareback, you will develop a better sense of balance on your horse through really feeling each step
  • Confidence – With all these different skills developing, riding bareback will contribute to your overall confidence with the horse. If you can ride with no saddle, any other way will seem easier because you have developed the skills in the most difficult way to ride.
  • Overall Awareness – Riding bareback helps with your overall awareness of your horse. With no barriers between you and your horse, you can feel the way it’s muscles shift underneath you. This can help to develop an awareness of how your horse’s body moves and gain a sense of where the horses’ feet are placed in each movement. Part of riding well is the ability to connect with the horse’s body and feet.

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Although saddles can be helpful in assisting these abilities and properly distributing your weight, the best way to ride a horse is the all-natural bareback style. This will help you become a better rider in general, developing many vital skills.

Rea Vriends
Big Heart Equestrian Blogger
Student
Future Psychiatrist

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