What is Bareback Riding?


Bareback Riding
Bareback riding is a form of horseback riding in which the rider does not use a saddle. It requires good balance, skills as well as coordination. It is told that this type of horse riding improves one’s skills, balance and helps the rider to communicate with the horse in a better way.

Details on Bareback Riding

The main drawbacks of bareback riding are increased chance of potential injuries caused due to fall from the horseback, poor development in riding form, causing sore to the horse back due to constant riding etc.

Calgary Stampede Bareback Riding
Calgary Stampede Bareback Riding

However, bareback riding can be useful in many different ways. A bareback rider improves a lot of riding skills, balance and it helps them to develop a bond with the horse. It is found that bareback riders enjoy maximum pleasure out of horse riding. The riders gain a great deal of confidence level by bareback riding. The bareback riders feel and understand each and every movement of the horse that aid them to get better balance and positioning on the horse top. It even helps the rider to develop good muscle strength of the lower extremities.

How to position yourself for a bareback riding?

Usually bareback rider sits on the horse back with their legs placed along the crease between the shoulder and the barrel to gain more balance. In order to make use of the calf muscles in the appropriate way, the rider must keep their heels lower than the level of their toes as if they are using stirrups. Keeping the toes down lower than the heels signals the horse to go faster.

College Bareback Riding
College Bareback Riding

While bareback riding, you have to make sure that you are not squeezing the lower legs of heels into the horse’s side while stopping since it confuses the horse. If at all you loose the balance, you can grab the mane to prevent jerking off from the horse. A rider can maintain proper balance by placing the thing in the right appropriately.

It is recommended to practice bare back riding initially by using a saddle, but without stirrups. Overtime, as the rider improves his skill and balance in horse riding, he can start practice bare back riding without stirrups.

Bareback riding competition

Bareback riding competition is very remarkable in rodeo sports. It is found to be the one of the most demanding sports with a higher injury rate. The bare back rider must sit on the horse back for a time period of 8 seconds to qualify him as the winner. The game begins from the time when the furious horse jumps out of the chute. The winner is chosen by the judges by their performance and the skills. The riders must score a good score out of 100 points to win the game. Some highly skilled riders are able to score above 75 and it is considered as an excellent ride. Scoring above 90 is very exceptional since it is a hard job. Winning the rodeo buckle belt is the ultimate aim for any riders since it is considered as the most valuable reward in the world of rodeo sports.

 

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