Just had a wonderful little ride on my firey Gypsygirl tonight. I've only had her a few months, so we are still connecting and sync-ing together.
Sometimes I've made the mistake of letting her run when there is not enough space ahead to really open up, and she will sometimes REALLY want to "open up"! So she suddenly spirts forward and I have to pull her in...and this is when she will start to crow-hop and get rid of me. It has only happened when riding bareback...a couple times. But I'm getting to know her. She just gets frustrated and I need to get in tune with her energy.
Tonight I saddled her up and we went for a nice walk, trot and run. I remembered the advise of the one rein stop...where you pull on one rein to pull their head to the side to control them. So, when I eased into a run...preparing to let her open up...I tested a couple of short spurts while holding both reins with my right hand, but then holding the left rein in my left hand...ready to pull and give slight jerks on her snout to control her accelleration. Kind of english style and a little like a horse racer. IT FELT GOOD!
We had a few full-outs...a little uphill, and I totally had her in my hands. I could feel the different gears...just letting loose gently with my hands. I gotta tell yu...it felt awesome. We both had a good release! I used to race our horses when I was a kid at rodeos. I think I was made for it! Just too heavy and too old now!
Now to do it bareback....aahhhhHHH!!! I'm a sucker for a good challenge!