Alrighty. So, as may of you know I recently brought home our new TB gelding Rebel. He's a total dream to ride but he has the roughest gaits I have ever ridden in my life. When I lope, its like I'm flying and its an act of god to keep myself seated.
Well, despite my constant efforts to sit through it in my western and english saddles, no avail. So just today I decided I would ride bareback at the walk to see how he feels, then if it felt good I would try a trot. I didn't even want to think about what would happen if I loped. Lord help me.
So I walked him for about five minutes on a makeshift cross course/barrel course/schooling arena/hill to run like hell up. (Hehe )
I asked for a trot and I thought I would die My butt hurt, my sides hurt, everything hurt. But I kept going. I planned on trotting up the hill because I find that easier. So when I went up, about halfway up he started loping without my permission. It. Felt. So. Brilliant. I can't even tell you. It was like the heavens opened up and showed me the real way to ride. Seriously. Dramatic I know, but it was a big deal for me.
I never once thought that bareback might be easier for me to ride through. And after today, I can no successully say I can lope and jump the hell-gaited horse without any sense of discomfort.
Just thought I'd share my good ride today. Althogh I can do all that on most other horses, he's just so hard to ride through I thought for sure I'd hit the ground.
Long post. Cookies if you read it all. ^^