I'm pleased as punch that you think I ride well bareback, I was too scared to do it until this year. Hahha...I do cheat and use that bareback pad, though.
I'm really still trying to figure out the head flip myself...I THINK that it's frustration on her part. I notice it most when she's; 1. In the arena, 2. Wanting to go faster on the trail, or 3. Wanting to go home and I'm not letting her.
I was worried about her teeth, but in this walking video she's actually in a rope halter, whereas in the other video she did have her bit in. Still COULD be her teeth, but this makes it seem less so. I'm getting them checked when the vet comes out for spring shots, which shouldn't be too long now. Any ideas on the head flip would be GREATLY appreciated, I'm hoping it's nothing to do with me, but it could be...Not leg, though. Her attention does get drawn away when her pasture buddies call for her, and occasionally when vehicles go by or if the wind is heavy in the trees. Unfortunately, I don't remember if any of that was going on this particular day or not...you have such a good eye, though, that corner where the camera is is the corner toward her pasture where the buddies are calling for her :)
She is MUCH more flexible to the left, I've been working really hard to get her to bend right...her previous owner didn't use an arena ever and had never used her bent to the right simply because Mackenzie would rather bend left. I CAN feel her fall into those corners and try to kind of "pick her up" with my inside leg. She does get a bit sensitive with leg pressure, but I can use a little without losing her. Thank you so much for that explanation on circling! I'm sitting here shifting my weight and lifting my "rein" on the couch. Hahaha....that makes perfect sense, but I never would have thought it on my own.
THANKS for looking at this again! You really have a good eye. If you were nearby I'd hire you to give me lessons...no joke. Just so you know your critiques will not go to waste, I have a word document that I copy and paste forum advice onto. One section of it is advice that was given to me, the other is advice that is to others but that I feel applies to me or that I want to try :) This really helps me to look back at that and to pick certain parts to focus on each time I ride.
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