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hello Lyn. today in the morning, my friend trotted a 3 year old filly bareback for 1/2 hour. both the horse and the rider were sweating. then, I mounted on her. frankly speaking, I don't know how to ride bare back. when I trotted for 5 minutes, I positioned myself very well on her sitting right behind the withers upright. my friend told me that a rider gets good grip riding bareback when the horse is wet(with sweat). is he correct?

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Rohit,

Riding bareback does improve your grip, especially inner thigh muscles, and very much improves balance.  As to good grip it depends upon what you are wearing and how hard you are both sweating.  What you're wearing can have an effect too.  Bare, sweaty legs tend to slip whereas jeans will grip well.  A horse that's really sweating can be a little tough to grip regardless.

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

Expertise

Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

Experience

Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

Organizations
American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

Publications
Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

Education/Credentials
Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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