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#Barebruary 2015 – thank you all for taking part!

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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…

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It makes the rider very aware about font to back and lateral balance of their own body, of being in front of or behind the movement as well as of being centred and “listening” to the horse’s movement.

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I hope this initiative made some of you excited about trying bareback riding for the first time or re-visit it if you haven’t done it for a long time. I will definitely be keeping it as part of Aspire’s training on permanent basis as and when possible.

#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!

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My horse (chestnut) is very happy to be trained this way. I find it sad that professionals can no longer teach bareback riding due to h+s. Riding my horse Folly like this has helped my ability no end. Jodie Morris Jodie1

Thank you for sharing Jodie!

Would you like to join in #Barebruary training theme? If you do, email your bareback pictures to aspire@outlook.com, post them to our Facebook page or Tweet at @aspireacademy adding #barebruary hashtag with a few words about how bareback riding has helped you with your riding skills – I will publish your photos on the blog throughout February!

To read more about #Barebruary click HERE

*Please note: I don’t accept any pictures, no matter how beautiful, of riders without riding hat/helmet or of horses wearing “creative” bits/bridles suggesting violent training methods.

#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 of photos with her bareback experiences 🙂 Over to Abi!

This is me liberty riding my mare, Allie.  Liberty has become an essential part of our bond by increasing our dependence on each other and developing a mutual understanding as well.  Additionally, I have grown as a rider to maintain better balance and position as a result of liberty riding036

Bareback jumping is both Allie’s favorite and mine.  I feel so much more connected to her when I ride bareback, and jumping gives it a new kind of thrill.  Jumping bareback has improved my lower leg drastically as well as my overall two point.  I have actually jumped higher bareback than I have in the saddle.

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Thank you for sharing Abi! 

Would you like to join in #Barebruary training theme? If you do, email your bareback pictures to aspire@outlook.com, post them to our Facebook page or Tweet at @aspireacademy adding #barebruary hashtag with a few words about how bareback riding has helped you with your riding skills – I will publish your photos on the blog throughout February!

To read more about #Barebruary click HERE

*Please note: I don’t accept any pictures, no matter how beautiful, of riders without riding hat/helmet or of horses wearing “creative” bits/bridles suggesting violent training methods.

#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 can ride and control my horse without any of the tack we rely on normally. I was a lot more balanced than I thought I would be! (plus it was great fun and I had such a laugh jumping!)

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It made me realise how much your weight placement affects your horse and how important it is to be relaxed!

Thank you for sharing Lucy! 🙂

Would you like to join in #Barebruary training theme? If you do, email your bareback pictures to aspire@outlook.com, post them to our Facebook page or Tweet at @aspireacademy adding #barebruary hashtag with a few words about how bareback riding has helped you with your riding skills – I will publish your photos on the blog throughout February!*

To read more about #Barebruary click HERE

*Please note: I don’t accept any pictures, no matter how beautiful, of riders without riding hat/helmet or of horses wearing “creative” bits/bridles suggesting violent training methods.

#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.

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I am so looking forward to the day when I can do this with Ripple too! 🙂
Best wishes
Zaria

Thank you for sharing Zaria! 🙂

Would you like to join in #Barebruary training theme? If you do, email your bareback pictures to aspire@outlook.com, post them to our Facebook page or Tweet at @aspireacademy adding #barebruary hashtag with a few words about how bareback riding has helped you with your riding skills – I will publish your photos on the blog throughout February!

To read more about #Barebruary click HERE

*Please note: I don’t accept any pictures, no matter how beautiful, of riders without riding hat/helmet or of horses wearing “creative” bits/bridles suggesting violent training methods.