At this point, though conquering the "bouncing"is very important to me, as it means that, as an athlete, I have overcome a challenge (relearning a sport I had essentially mastered as a youth (without even knowing I had done so!), and, doing so to the point where I my being in the saddle, to any horse I am riding, feels comfortable, and in no way painful/jarring/or bouncy...(as well as to myself).
..however...IF MY GOAL was to do my job on horseback along side my husband, (were I lucky enough to be a cattle rancher or the like!) & do so with high efficacy and minimal pain (my husband has chronic pain due to his service in the Army's 82nd Airborne, parachuting = arthritis at 42 from jumping out of planes all of his youth, and having been a soldier, fighting in combat; & an athlete, for which he must pay some price) I would wish for him to ride the most comfortably gaited horse out there!
Sadly, we aren't ranchers, but mere horse lovers, and at this time, we are just going to work at getting as good as possible at riding the more difficult gaits well...that is the plan. We aren't broken down enough at our ages/given our relative health to worry too much... YET! :0) In time, with three fractured spinal vertebra for him, plus having pins holding together his right side from one parachuting accident (the chute rigger improperly packed his chute...it happens), he will have issues. But, not yet. So, onward and upward!! :0)
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