I know it, you know it, Clint Eastwood seems to know it (sometimes): riding bareback is “riskier without the saddle to rely on for security”. It’s as simple as that. So why risk it?
Of the different types of horse riding gear, a proper saddle is a fundamental investment that will ensure your horse’s comfort, yes, but also one that will contribute to your safety whilst riding. A saddle that is the incorrect size increases the chance of you slipping and falling off. Once flung, you run the risk of being stomped on too – if the fall itself wasn’t enough! We’re just reinforcing this information because we know how quickly and easily accidents happen.
When you look at images of the Hurricane Harvey aftermath, many people are shown as completely inseparable from their pets despite the surrounding water and debris. This is telling of what we prioritise: our families.
The average height of a horse is between 1.4 and 1.8 metres, which is a long way to fall. Not to mention that most horse riding injuries occur when being flung from a horse rather than simply falling off.