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    04-23-2012, 11:36 PM
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Bitless and Bareback How are we doing?

I think it has been 3 months since I have ridden Sahara bitless. I haven't ridden her much in the past 3 months because It was final exam week at school and so busy because I had so many requirements but proud to say I have my bachelor's degree in nursing. Finally after 4 years.

I have been able to do a trail ride on Sahara and some short rides but just for fun. I had a video of us galloping around but realized I was relying on the bit WAY too much.

Honestly was afraid of riding her bitless before as evidenced by my clutching the horn in the last video. Where I ride her there is a nice river she could dump me in or just gallop away since no fences to stop us. Now I'm not so afraid and have been focused on her getting flex her neck. We are very good going to the left as we are lefties but to the right we are a bit stiff.

I shortened my stirrups as suggested. They can't get any shorter haha but I feel comfortable now. Riding bareback I relax my legs more but still lean back for comfort purposes . Next time I will forget the boots. They are just plain heavy, no point in wearing them bareback.

In the bareback video I tried not to slouch , sorry, had to duck many times to avoid branches. Sahara tripped on a guava branch. I didn't notice because I was focused on the one coming at my face.

Have been watching my arms so they don't go forward too much. I don't see any flapping going on yehay!


Bareback video

First Day Out Bitless


NOTE: I'll post the second day as soon as it is done uploading...tried to upload the full uncut unedited 10 minutes but the connection kept cutting out so it has been chopped down and divided into to 2 parts.



I think we have improve a lot despite the lack of time but hopefully now we can improve more and faster. Appreciated what was said before and gave me stuff to think about and work on.
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    04-24-2012, 02:06 AM
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Foal
Bitless Day 2 Part 1

Part 2
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    04-24-2012, 03:04 AM
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Showing
Just from the difference in Day1 bitless to Day2 bitless is incredible! I can almost see the confident glow around both you and Sahara :)

A huge improvement from last time, though I'd like to see you less stiff with your arms and your body. But I'm impressed, much better in the saddle and you really were aware of your body when bareback and watched your arms for creeping forward.

I noticed she broke out of her trot a lot and you had trouble backing up. These are just things you'll have to work on with her, it'll get better.

Beautiful job following her when she jumped up from the gulley/ditch onto the higher ground, and very nice uphill cantering. What would be good for her is to spend some time getting her to work on a longer rein so she stretches down and power walk up and down those hills. It'll help her find rhythm at her trot and canter.

But beautiful!! Great job :) Remember to sit up tall and stretch down. Keep all movement in your lower half, upper half stays quiet but your elbows and arms need to be nice and loose.
     
    04-24-2012, 03:21 AM
  #4
Foal
Boy are you fast! Haha Thank you. I felt the difference. I think being able to spend time with her more, not just riding has helped us really get to know and trust each other more. Before when I was at school I just got her. I'd see her once a month and only for a day or so. She liked me but we were both like. " you won't do anything crazy right?"

Ok longer reins noted. Will keep in mind about my elbows looser but not quiet sure what you mean by that...may have the idea in my head? You have an example? What about stretching down? What do you mean by that? Sorry for all the questions. ^^'
     
    04-24-2012, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Cintillate    
Boy are you fast! Haha Thank you. I felt the difference. I think being able to spend time with her more, not just riding has helped us really get to know and trust each other more. Before when I was at school I just got her. I'd see her once a month and only for a day or so. She liked me but we were both like. " you won't do anything crazy right?"

Ok longer reins noted. Will keep in mind about my elbows looser but not quiet sure what you mean by that...may have the idea in my head? You have an example? What about stretching down? What do you mean by that? Sorry for all the questions. ^^'

Stretching down is shown in this video when the horse brings their head down and their back comes up. It's usually called something like "long and low" but it's something the horse should have the pleasure of doing.


As for loose elbows.. I'll show you a few videos. I'm not looking at the style of riding, just the rider and how they're nice and loose and following.

Here is it at the canter, see how her arms follow the movement of the canter?

Walk
See how she's not holding her arms in a fixed position, they change sightly.. opening and closing the elbow.

Trot
It's amazing to see it in slow motion, since you can barely see it when they are riding together at normal pace. But see how her elbows open when he rises (or the horse's momentum pushes her up if she were doing a sitting trot) and closes as she sits (or as gravity brings her down.)

As for the long rein, that's only sometimes. But your goal is to have your mare nice and relaxed, which will make it easier to stay nice and loose yourself.

In all three videos, the rider's hips are very loose. You should aim to keep loose. Sitting trot is harder than a posting trot especially bareback so just work on it gradually and you'll get it :)

Hope that helps!

As for YOU stretching down, you know how people tell you "heels down, toes up" well instead of thinking about your heel, think about some little elf grabbing you by the ankles and pulling you down. Stretch down, instead of push down. Make sense?
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    04-28-2012, 09:55 AM
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Sorry took so long to get back. Went to back to the farm. Didn't do anything serious just rode her bareback and bitless near the river to eat the grass that grows around there. She enjoyed that. ^^ I did too but wasn't as thrilling for me as it was for her.

Ok yep, I see what you mean about my elbows. Thanks.

Hehe ok. There may be something wrong with me but I find a sitting trot easier than posting bareback. It just seems more comfortable. In the saddle I get a bit confused. I can post. I think you can see me do it sometimes. Sometimes it seems the time to do then others not. It depends on the way she trots. Sorry don't know what to make of that. I don't see it as a huge problem but just thought I'd bring it up.
     
    04-28-2012, 10:18 AM
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No worries! It's up to you what kind of a trot you do. Posting bareback is killer on your legs, lol.. makes them very strong. Sitting trot is usually a bit bouncy but if you have the seat it's very comfortable :)

Just think loose like a goose, instead of stiff and you should be fine!

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Sorry took so long to get back. Went to back to the farm. Didn't do anything serious just rode her bareback and bitless near the river to eat the grass that grows around there. She enjoyed that. ^^ I did too but wasn't as thrilling for me as it was for her.

Ok yep, I see what you mean about my elbows. Thanks.

Hehe ok. There may be something wrong with me but I find a sitting trot easier than posting bareback. It just seems more comfortable. In the saddle I get a bit confused. I can post. I think you can see me do it sometimes. Sometimes it seems the time to do then others not. It depends on the way she trots. Sorry don't know what to make of that. I don't see it as a huge problem but just thought I'd bring it up.
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