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. ^^