I think this is my favorite photograph this year so far because Brisco and I have been practicing bareback and liberty for a while now and he has been excellent. He works better bareback than he does in the saddle and jsut recently we went without a bit in and bareback and he performed the best I have ever seen.
I do think that if you want to have more of a bond with your horse, you must understand hum, gain trust, and one thing that will elp is to ride bareback and without any bit in - because once I rode without a bit in and rode bareback it was amazing. We loping three full circles around, which is something I've always wanted to try doing but we could never do it before now.
Riding Bareback is an amazing feeling and works wonders. Every time I feel down or just need to lighten up, just even sitting on my horse bareback is enough to lift me to the highest spirits.
One thing I learned when you lope bareback, don't let your heels help grab on and stay on your horse by putting them to his side. That is how I leanred Brisco is actually not that lazy and can buck! But I stayed on both times bareback, so that is always a plus!
the first time I thought it was just him getting his energy out, but the second time I found out what caused it, then i tested it and sure enough I was right.
My other horse, Golley, I wouldn't wanna ride abreback when he bucks. I was warming him up for a friend and I am glad I did because we were tkaing a joyful lope ride back home and he felt like "a real horse" and man he does have a good buck! Don't worry, I stayed on!
But anyways - I love this photo. It has so many stories to tell, as you can see ;)