I'm just bumbling along, doing my best with what I know. For example: riding bareback. It has become my favorite way of riding. You don't have to haul a saddle. You stay warm. Win. Win. And, if I can do it--a 50 year old woman, YOU can do it! (By that I mean those who are wanting to ride bareback already and don't have physical conditions that make this more dangerous.)
Here is a 15 second clip of what it looks like to lope Cowboy bareback.
My tips for riding bareback:
Practice on a rock solid horse.
Grip with your thighs.
Move with your horse.
Don't steady yourself with the reins.
Keep your head up and look where you're riding!! (More important than ever)
Loping is easier than trotting.
Driving your horse in a circle.
For years, I didn't want to drive my horses because it looked so complicated watching the trainers do it. I'd help out here and there, but I never trusted myself to take the reins. That all changed when my trainer, Rebecca, taught me to drive a horse in halter. The fear I had, that I'd create a bad accident, vanished, and that made ALL the difference.
So, say it with me....
If I can do it, YOU can do it!
Here is some video of me driving Bee today. SPOILER: She was not at her best--which is GREAT, because you get to see the the good, bad and ugly of driving. And, that's OKAY.
The end of Part 1 was a bit dicey. Thankfully, we ALWAYS start in halter! You'll have to watch Part 2 if you want to see how we resolved it. (Starts out a bit windy and loud, but gets better a couple minutes into it. I'll have to make another tape when the weather is calmer. But that's all part of getting out there every day!)
Where'd she go? Find out in Part 2.