How long was it before you rode bareback, and galloped? I have been riding almost 2 years and I can walk, trot and canter quite well, and I have just started doing low jumps. I can't really manage a difficult horse, I've only been on one once and she bucked me off, but I get on quite well with Charlie, the horse I usually ride (when he's in a good mood). I can't do anything more than walk no stirrups without holding onto the saddle, so I supppse I will try bareback once I can do trotting no stirrups? It's just I'm not sure how long it will take me to get to that level as on the rare occasion we do a bit of no stirrups I am told I can hold onto the saddle. Without holding on, I would fall off, but when I hold on I don't learn to balance
Also, with galloping, is that usually the last thing you learn to do? My canter isn't perefect yet, so I'm not expecting to be galloping soon but I was just wandering what sort of level you should be before trying it.