#Barebruary 2015 – thank you all for taking part!

It was the last day of #Barebruary 2015 this past Saturday and I would like to thank you to everyone who took part in our little hashtag initiative 🙂 There is one predominant benefit of bareback riding that I really appreciate to have as a teaching tool  – it encourages feel over haste… It makes…

#Barebruary by Nigel

Nigel is a rider on Aspire Equestrian Foundation Programme and today he shares a few thoughts on his bareback lessons’ experiences from a novice rider point of view 🙂 Riding without the saddle makes me more aware of small movements I make and the difference they have on Star. This is helpful because often I…

#Barebruary by Mariana

Mariana is an instructor I link with whenever possible for development of Aspire programmes. She is also Aspire’s team blogger and certified Bowen Therapist. She sent these photos of her clients enjoying their bareback sessions and shared a few thoughts on riding bareback for rider’s education. I love bareback and use it often. Superb for kids…

#Barebruary by Jodie

Jodie joined #Barebruary via Twitter and here’s what she would like to share 🙂 Here are some pictures of me riding some horses bareback/tackless. I thoroughly believe that riding with less or minimal tack improves my ability to ride with my seat and improves the horses trainability as sometimes less is more! My horse (chestnut) is very…

#Barebruary by Abi‏

One of the great things about running #Barebruary initiative on Aspire blog is that I (and hopefully many of you out there) get to know many lovely riders and sometimes, they are bloggers too. Abi, who writes a fun and thoughtful equestrian blog that you might want to check out at Life At a Canter, sent these couple…

#Barebruary by Lucy

I had a pleasure of teaching Lucy while she was a member of Reading University Riding Club several years ago. She sent this fab picture with a few thoughts on bareback riding 🙂 This is a picture of me riding Paddy completely tackless which was a great confidence boost as it reminded me that i…

#Barebruary by Nina

“This is an almost 8 year old picture of me and my German Riding Pony “Lucky” He was such a wonderful horse. You could always ride him bareback without beeing afraid. Such a good horse, sad I lost him. Riding bareback often as a child helped me develop a better seat and improved my balance.…

#Barebruary by Zaria

I am sorry the quality isn’t terribly good but it was taken from a camcorder! Although I hacked her out bareback, and bit-less, this was my first ever bareback jump on our beautiful mare Tommy. Phil, my partner, rides her now whilst I bring on my gorgeous youngster Ripple. I am so looking forward to…

#Barebruary by Mairi

Mairi joined Aspire Equestrian non-horse owner riding programme at Foundation level at the end of December 2014. She started co-sharing Tilly following her Introductory session and has been enjoying the intensive progress and seat development that I am putting her through 😉 Mairi’s observations about her bareback lessons include:  – heightened awareness of my own body…