Vanessa Elizabeth Hunter | 22 Questions | 24 Answers

How can I learn to canter and jump bareback?

How can I learn to canter and jump bareback?
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Many people say that you need to grip with your leg but DO NOT DO THAT l, engage your core and relax your lower body only grip when in jumping position👍👍 I have never fallen off jumping bareback so hopefully this helps
Just make sure your leg is strong enough to keep you on if anything happens😊Good luck!
I always take off my tack at the end of my ride then go back out and walk bareback to cool him off. This would be great because you can learn to ride bareback but also cool down your horse. A minute or two of cantering bareback shouldn't hurt your horse ether as long as you walk for a bit first. :)
Thanks everyone!
Just. Ride. Bareback. There is no special formula except: if it hurts you are doing it wrong. After two weeks it's not going to be an issue because your body naturally adapts and realigns. And naturally when you are comfortable (and hence more confidant) then what the hell ... jump over one cavalletti. No doubt, you'll probably screw up but even the most talentless rider can LEARN to ride by screwing up as much as possible but... Just. Ride. Bareback.
Do a lot of work without stirrups etc and then you can transition into just bareback work without jumping. After you build up your confidence then you can try jumping. Start with ground poles etc. Much easier to canter then trot.
Try collecting the horse and keeping your hands in place so they will not bounce on the horses mouth with the bit. And stretch your legs down helping to balance yourself.
I usually get a nice slow canter into it then lean forward ad squeeze over the jump. I agree with abby trotting is a bit too bouncy.
I know this sounds weird but...
1) don't trot to a jump it's harder to stay on and really uncomfortable
2) I think the hardest part is sometimes staying on when you want them to stop. Now my horse doesn't stop when you ask her to do it takes longer and when they are trotting fast it gets really bump.
Lots of practice with no stirrup work can help with your balance. Riding bareback is like riding without stirrups
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