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post #1 of 2 Old 07-25-2012, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Have to Share (great ride..and then...)

I have been riding Drifter bareback for the last 2 months, about 5 days a week for 4-5 hours at a time (my thighs are starting to look awesome hahaha). He is very easy and comfortable to ride bareback and I have gotten to where I enjoy it way more than in a saddle. I can really "feel" him to so to speak. His trot sucks bareback but I have taught myself to grip with my thighs higher up on his withers and it sort of anchors me in place and helps me to sit without bouncing pel-mel all over his back. We have also mastered loping bareback.

Well as of today we managed to gallop bareback I have been trying to do this for the past few days but every time he got into a hand gallop I would let him go for a few strides and then pull him up. Just had a mental block about it. One of those things Well today WE DID IT. We stretched all the way out. He was amazing. Just thinking about it makes my mouth go dry and my heart start hammering again. It was SCARY, but I loved it.

Anyways, got a friend I was riding with to film us using my phone. Drifter was just fantastic. Totally staying focused on me and my aids the whole time. I slipped to the left a little at one point and he stayed right with me as I righted myself. Well, after we are through and I have gotten my breath back (was seriously praying the whole time...mental block is still there most definitely) my friend asked me to video her. I said ok. And thats when it happened.

I made the dumbest mistake ever. I had a loose hold of my reins with one hand. Holding her phone up with the other to film.Just la tee dee tee da in my own world, and Drifter spooked. And I mean SPOOKED. If there is one thing I have learned about bareback its you always grip with your knees in case this happens, but of course I was in la la land not paying attention. It knocked the breath out of me and I have a huge bruise on my side now. He was such a good boy though. He stayed right where he was. Didn't move a muscle (after the intital 5 foot jump to the side hahaha).

Anyways, I guess I just had to share my dumb riding moment of the day! I was feeling all sure of myself and my good old boy made sure to ground me quick
i also thought this could be a story for all those who are saying they have are having confidence issues and such. I have been riding since I was about 6 (so about 16 years now) and I learn new stuff every day. I also do stupid stuff every day and sometimes Drifter isn't there to make me look good

I just had to share my crazy fall story! We laughed and laughed afterwards. It was like slow motion. Falling off him always seems to take forever because he's so dang tall! lol Anyone else had any moments like this?
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-25-2012, 11:31 AM
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The horse that I ride most often has this awful habit of "checking" the reins. When I ride him in loose rein doing pretty much anything other than a walk, he will lower his head until he feels contact. Well, we were riding along at a canter as I was trying to work on doing so without gripping with one hand on his mane, he kept checking the reins. I had him in a halter this time so perhaps that was why he kept doing it. We came to the corner that he likes to cut so sharply [luckily we rounded it out enough that it's not a sharp, sudden swerve] and he tripped mid checking. Luckily he picked himself up, and I didn't fall! But my groin didn't feel so good landing on his withers.... Ouch. I was kind of thankful for all those times he's tripped while under saddle so as to get me used to it.
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