First off I gotta say; your avatar is awesome, it gives me a good laugh.
I'm taking care of my cousins horse right now. I picked him up from his dads place a few days ago. I have a friend that says she'll come out and give me riding lessons. So I need to ask her to come out and let me know what I'm doing wrong.
This sounds like good advice. I'm anxious to try it actually. I know that when one rides bareback the motto is, "be the noodle", but I think I just tensed up trying to figure out how to ride him. I tried to keep my legs stiff and out from his body at one point and that didn't work. Adjusting the stirrups so I could stand higher away from the saddle didn't work. I also don't understand what you mean when you say "hollow, or leaning on the forehand", any links on where to clarify that for me? I'm going to google it and search here for it to try to learn too.
And it does seem like I remember him striding along with his head high in the air. If I had a digi video camera I would get some video of it. I hope it's something that I can train with him so he learns to stride in a way that isn't so bone jarring.
Also he isn't bone jarring while doing his fast walk which has a hoof beat of 1-2-3-4. It only gets that way when his steps come into the 1-2-3 range. I also seem to do allright on my other horse. He is just so much smoother to ride. But he is in his 20s so I don't know how long he can go, or even if it's nice of me to ask him to climb all the mountains we have here. I've been trying to find a young arabian that can go all day. But I'm beginning to wonder if it's certain breeds that have bone jarring gaits or just the individual horse because of the way they carry themselves? Much to learn.