Thanks to you all for commenting!
Yeah, I love riding bareback (especially in the rain!
). I only had a handful of western lessons when I was a tween, then we had rescue horses and no money for lessons or
So bareback is pretty much how I learned.
The only problem is TJ has the explosive, expressive Friesian trot which is not easy to sit bareback. Yee-haw!!
And thanks for saying I'm sitting fine, DarkChylde
. I actually have more problems with direct reining...being TJ is an English horse and I rode western. I bought him with the plans to learn English on him, but lost my job of 10 years two months after buying him. That nixed all training/lesson plans. Ugh. I've taken a few h/j and more recently dressage lessons, but am still all awkward with the reins! So I just usually ride on a loose rein and use my leg/seat, reinforcing when I have to with the reins when he decides to be stubborn.
I use to have riding goals. Now I just want to be more confident and have fun. FehrGroundRanch
, thanks, guys, for noting on the "fancy rider" bit. I really appreciate it. I've met a lot of equestrians who tell me I don't deserve a Friesian because I'm not a Dressage star.
So, thank you!