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        06-17-2008, 07:14 PM
      #1
    Trained
    me and possum bareback

    First things first I know I have no helmet or shoes on. Please don't add that in your critique :)

    Ok so we have this show coming up and we have to do a bareback class. Possum really isnt keen on bareback so it has taken a lot of very painful work to get her relaxed and happy with the situation. When I say painful I really do mean painful lol she was one nice size wither on her and because she still hasnt fully developed her topline she is a little on the bony side and then the rise trot...thats not cool lol I can do it but boy it hurts :)

    Last time we rode she gave me a hard time for a while and resisted the bit a lot. Then gradually she settled down and I could slowly release the pressure I had to keep on her in the beginning.

    So I know that my hands arent in the right spot in the pics but I've gone back to a training type stance with the reins when we ride bareback. She's so unsure of it its like starting all over again :roll:

    Also I have my legs a little far forward in some. Another way of avoiding that wither. I know I shouldnt do that though. And then im looking at the ground in some as well partly though because it was nearly dark and that was the best way to see where I was going lol so those things I know :)

    Sorry about the quality of pics. It was almost dark and there are a lot of dust bits but they arent too bad :)











    So yeah on the day ill have my hands all in the right spot and all that stuff :) im thinking I should be trying to keep my toes in more too :)
         
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        06-17-2008, 09:37 PM
      #2
    Banned
    Awww you guys look great
    The main thing I see is that 1) your toes should probably be in more and not out....and 2) your heels should still be down (at least that's what I've been taught)
         
        06-18-2008, 12:38 AM
      #3
    Trained
    I'm not one to critique...Jazzy... I love the 6th picture. You have a huge smile and look like you and possum are relaxed and totaly having a blast. IMO as it should be!
         
        06-18-2008, 01:45 AM
      #4
    Trained
    Sonny - yeah! I struggle with my feet cause they naturally stock outwards even when im walking. Not a long way but enough that keeping my toes in strains my feet. Its better in the saddle but bareback they just hang out there :)

    Dumas - we sure were having a blast. We had been practicing canter which I can say with full knowledge, does not work bareback when you are having canter balance issues under saddle. Anyways I had nearly slipped of a dozen times and by that point was tired and laughing deliriously lol but we had a blast which as you said, is the main thing :)
         
        06-18-2008, 06:38 AM
      #5
    Super Moderator
    Yeah, I'd try to keep heels down even when there are no stirrups. Also I think hands should be little closer together. Other than that you both look very relaxed.
         
        06-18-2008, 07:33 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    Maybe its just the angle of the photos, but it seemed as though you were looking down for some of them. Its probably best to keep your head up and looking straight foward if you want to impress the judges. Perhaps you don't usually do this, it may just be the photos got taken at the few times you were looking down lol. Otherwise keep up the good work!
         
        06-18-2008, 10:25 AM
      #7
    Trained
    You and Possum look so good!

    That looks so cool riding barefoot... maybe I will try that one day with Vega.
         
        06-18-2008, 11:05 AM
      #8
    Super Moderator
    I love bareback... where are the canter pix?
         
        06-18-2008, 12:49 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Possum is adorable...One major thing you should keep up with is your leg. Even when riding bareback your heels should be down and you should have a more closed knee angle and ankle angle.
    Just an interesting thing I heard in a clinic: try to point our toe down or relax your leg and knock over a standard. Then close your ankle angle and try it again. You lose all the muscle in your leg when your heels arent down!
         
        06-18-2008, 05:24 PM
      #10
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val
    Yeah, I'd try to keep heels down even when there are no stirrups. Also I think hands should be little closer together. Other than that you both look very relaxed.
    yeah! Im going to work on my feet a lot :) and yeah as I said, I know my hands are a little far apart but that was more for "training" purposes. As I said at the end of my first post, my hands will be in the right place on the day...

    Sempre - yeah I did look down a few times for a number of reasons: was getting dark towards the end and I kept looking down around the same area to make sure we werent going to trip over anything :), & if I get a little off balance I end up looking down cause that balances me (i know that doesnt make sense but its what happens :)) you are right though. The camera ALWAYS gets you at your worst moment :) I didnt spend the whole time looking down ;)

    Appy - thank you :)

    I do quite often ride barefoot when im riding bareback. I hate shoes lol and I take every chance I can NOT to wear them :) fortunately I live in the kind of climate where I can do this most of the year. Its winter here now and my toes were a little cold but nowhere near cold enough to have to put shoes on :) I know its the worst time to but I don't usually wear shoes or a helmet when I ride bareback (unless im going off the property or around roads and then I wear a helmet) and it gives you a wonderful free, close feeling to your horse when you squeeze your legs and you can feel their fur

    Anyways having said that, kids I don't advocate this nor recommend it :)

    Farmpony - my photographer was under strict instructions not to take any photos while we attempted the canter lol I knew that due to her balance problems it was going to be pretty messy lol it wasnt all terrible but it wasnt all great either :) next time ;) I might get some video so you can everyone can tell me how my rise trot looks and maybe there will be a canter attempt in there too

    3deventer - will definitely work on that :)
         

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