Bridle and Saddle not included LOL

Just amazing like watching art in motion. Make sure you ask yourself these 3 questions before going bareback. We love riding bareback but always do it with caution.

Watch and enjoy the video below.

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1. Are you going to be safe?

This one is a no-brainer! Chances are, if you sit on someone else’s four legs – without tack for balance and communication – you might part ways! Before you throw away your saddle and bridle, please consider: can you get your horse to do everything you need without the use of a bridle?

Would your horse respond to you during unpredictable situations 100% of the time? Can you stop him before he spooks/rears/bucks/spins? Until you can, play it on the safe side. Wear the saddle so you can balance better. Keep the bridle on so you can use it if necessary. And wait until your horse is ready.

2. How will the horse’s quality of movement be affected? 

We might not want to hear this, but that doesn’t make it less true: not all horses are built well enough to carry the weight of a rider. This means that if we throw away the bridle and saddle, we are pretty much guaranteed that these horses will have more trouble moving correctly under our weight.

We use tack to direct the horse’s movement, whether to flow energy forward or to contain movement. We can reduce tension, stiffness and imbalance through correct riding, which is usually easier to do with the help of our equipment.

Consider what less-than-perfect conformation will do to the joints, muscles and skeletal body if ridden poorly over long term. Then, you might opt for the tack before you get on.

3. Will your own riding position be compromised?

There is a purpose to stirrups, saddle seat design and saddles sized to your derrière: balance. The stirrups are not just to keep you from falling off; once you have achieved basic torso control, stirrups help you maintain optimal balance while your horse moves underneath you. Let’s face it: without a saddle, you rock ‘n roll on your horse’s back more than it appears to the observer.

Of course, with a little practice, you could probably stay on the horse (most of the time) when riding bareback. But as your balance shifts in the movement, the horse’s balance also changes. You might get thrown forward/backward, your knees might rise or you might lean to one side to counteract the effects of gravity.

The horse might fall to the forehand or tighten his back in response. His footfalls may become heavier or more labored, and he might need to drop the base of his neck (and lift his head and neck) to keep you both from really losing balance.

Well, you get the idea. The point here is to consider all the consequences of bareback and bridleless riding. If you want to be the next Stacy Westfall of your riding discipline, go through a step-by-step process that can keep you safe and your horse healthy.

This shows how Free Riding came about, has a whole lot of never before seen extreme jumping and a full instructional segment that teaches you how to Free Ride on your own horse! This is cheaper then the price of a lesson and has well over 1hour of footage and easy to follow tutorials.

We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed making it! AND this is only the beginning 🙂

For more info on who made this video and their dvd visit the below website. We are in no way affiliated with them just thought this video was amazing.