Once upon a time I used to ride Roz bareback....a lot. Not only does he have a comfortable, broad back but I also really trust him. We've been on numerous bareback trail rides and other little adventures around the various places where he has lived.
One of the places that he lived I would climb up on their rail fence and stretch my leg out across his back. If I could get my foot about 1/2 way onto his back then he was close enough for my to jump on. He'd stand quietly until I hit his back and then he'd start walking...it was a dance that we had perfected and one we did well.
No matter how long it has been, it's natural and so comfortable to me to climb up on his bare back. It feels like coming home. I'm not sure when I stopped riding bareback but as I transitioned to some less trustworthy horses it didn't seem like such a fun option.
Then tonight I climbed on Benny bareback for the first time since last winter. It took a few minutes to get used to the feel of him with out my saddle but it wasn't long before we were comfortably working around the arena. I've decide I need to ride bareback more often. I had forgotten how enjoyable it is and it's a great option on these cold nights. Do you like to ride bareback? If so, how often do you do it?