DOn't worry - my sister was a very good horseman.
Every time she got on Golley - with or without saddle - then sometime during the ride, every single ride, she would fall off. Sometimes she would go hours without falling off, then at the end. BOOM, on the ground.
She had great experience and knew how to work with horses.
So don't worry too much about the falling off part - my sister could fall off at the walk. lol
My horse has a little attitude and is also big. When you get on a new horse or are around horses - you need to make sure that you aren't nervous. A nervous rider makes a nervous horse. My horse, Brisco, would throw me if I got on him bareback - wanna know why? Because His back is very sensitive without a saddle for number one, and number two: He hasn't been ridden bareback in over two years. It's something I need to work on - but When I stand next to his side, hand over back He is jsut fine. When I raise up on my toes and continue to slide my hand down, he starts pinning his ears, widening his eyes and raising his head. Look for signs that the horse might be uncomfortable. Even if it is the slightest change in ears.
On Golley I can get a running start and vault on him. His ears hardly twitch and he stands there, ASLEEP the whole time!
Sometimes it just depends on the horse and other times it depends on you.
🔫 Don't Tread On Me 🐍
Last edited by amberly; 07-09-2013 at 09:31 AM.