Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Saddle-free performance, jumper style!

If your taste in performance horses runs more towards high powered sport types rather than placid drafters, here is a saddle-free event for you--Bareback Puissance.
It seems as though a Bareback Puissance photo comes across my Facebook feed at least once a week.  That's no surprise really.  Most of my friends are horse people, and it's hard not to be impressed by anyone who can tackle a six foot (or higher) fence without a saddle.
I have not actually seen Bareback Puissance in person, so all of today's pictures come from Facebook and Google.  Here is a link to a really cute story about one Bareback Puissance class.
I do have the right dolls and models for this, but alas, the puissance wall eludes me.  Since I do not plan on building one any time soon, I hope someone else will take this idea and run with it.  I'd love to see Bareback Puissance on the table at this year's NAN!

11 comments:

  1. Ok, those people are flat-out NUTS. NUTS, I tell you! I remember one time attempting to trot a crossrail bareback and falling off (this is when I was a kid, fortunately, but the sad thing is that is also when I was the most fit and riding the most). I am simply astounded at the level of horsemanship necessary to attempt a Puissance wall that way. I agree with you, though, I think it would make a TERRIFIC setup at a model horse show!

    (I think building a Puissance wall would be kind of fun, personally. Although painting all the lines for the bricks might get a bit tedious... but maybe you can find "wallpaper," like for dollhouses, that is already "bricks?")

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  2. O______O

    I can barely stay upright at trot bareback, let alone jumping but whoooah. Made skills they have there, MAD!

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  3. Humm....I've jumped hay bales bareback but that's about as high as I'd like to get!

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  4. Yeah, this is crazyville.

    I spent most of my teenage years riding bareback. I did more than my fair share of jumping, but always with a pad. It's amazing how much grip a bareback pad gives you. Plus, I was not jumping six feet eleven inches--it was more like two feet eleven inches!!

    I might have a picture of me jumping bareback somewhere. I'll have to look. I guarantee I don't look like these riders.

    :)

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  5. I had a traditional jump just like the one in the last pic !! I got in a bin of giveaway stuff at a show . And of course it went away with all most all of the rest of my trad scaled props when I started doing mini ... Now I wish I still had it I would so send it to you if I did !

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  6. Wow, I grew up riding hunter/jumpers in Atlanta, and showed for a bit. i decided I liked the Western no frills trail ride crowd better and quit showing. Anyway, my most favorite thing to do when I was in lessons and training constantly was to jump bareback. It was the closest thing I could imagine to flying without the aid of a motor. I never cleared anything that tall, maybe 3'6, but no 6'11. I can remember always taking my saddle off when it was time to jump in my group lessons, and everybody including my instructor thinking I was crazy. She only let me do it once a week or so. Oh what fun!!!! I wish I was a kid again sometimes, but then again, maybe not!!!
    Jo K.

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  7. Wow, that's crazy!

    Also, RiderWriter - there's quite a good selection of dollhouse brick that would probably work well - dollhouse supply stores have everything from real individual bricks to styrene molded sheets. Even a photo of a brick wall printed out and glued on a block of wood can look really good if done right. :)

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  8. My mom had a 17.2 standardbred/tb cross when she was in high school. She'd jump him bareback over a picnic table with a halter and lead rope. =)

    I might have to give this a shot. I could do a wall like that. No big jumpers though...only one I have is a newsworthy. Suppose I could do the set-up to the jump.

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  9. I think a puissance wall could be pretty simple to set up. There's lots of ways to do it. I do have a tip though: maybe you could use some white painted wood half-round from a DIY store for your top rolltop?

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  10. Wonderful I love to ride without saddle. :)

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  11. wow!!! That would make an awesome setup at a live show!!! and I think Newsworthy would be very cute in that sort of setup!!

    I have a feeling it is probably not as hard as it looks, sure it is most likely quite hard, but for me, cantering is far easier than trotting bareback, I have tried jumping, but it was only small and my pony was a jumper so she tripped over it more than jumped it!!

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