Exercise With Cory

Bareback riding is the oldest form of riding. Feeling the motion and movement as close as possible to the horse’s muscles allows for an unrestricted connection that translates into alignment with the horse. Bareback pads, on top of a comfort pad, are the best way to start.

For optimal safety, beginner bareback riding should always be done with a knowledgeable, experienced Instructor and a horse that has been trained to be ridden this way. Not all horses appreciate the feel of a human so close to their sensitive spine.

No matter what type of saddle the horse wears or the style of riding you choose, a balanced seat creates safety and comfort for both horse and rider. Balance is the key when bareback riding, developing a more secure seat when riding in a saddle.

Balance is also important for the protection of the horse’s spine. Poorly fitted saddles can damage a horse and cause pain, leading to dangerous behaviors that are often misinterpreted by humans as “bad behavior.” Bucking is a common behavior that can lead to permanent injuries for both horse and rider. Likewise, a poorly balanced, uneducated rider can harm the horse’s spine and cause preventable injury.

Postural Balance is the body alignment used to walk on the ground