I'm amazed at anyone who can ride bareback through all gaits! Your horse looks really flashy and he you booth looked like you were having a good time. Congrats for riding so soon after an accident too. That's pretty brave.
I think you did great for your first bareback ride with your horse. I like that he was so relaxed about it, you have done a great job with him. I wouldn't let any rude comments get you down. Keep up the great work!
Thanks! I hope to have worked on it enough so that I can enter in the local 4h show in last summer so I can do the bareback class :) that would be fun. I always have a hard time posting for English in bareback classes! Lol
I was surprised by the other response too. I think he looks nice ! He's shiny so obviously happy / healthy as far as you can tell on a physical level. He's moving nicely and you sit well through all gaits.
I also disagree that a horse is not person-like in his response to his rider. Or maybe this is just because I have arabs !? Granted, it should be explored firstly that there is not a physiological or pain related reason for bucking but at the end of the day, if a horse doesn't want you on his back, he WILL get you off.
Joey still bucks if he's overtaken at a gallop but all of his naughty, nappy behavior has stopped since our relationship has developed. He no longer spins and runs from things that scare him, but freezes and waits for my response. "I'm scared mum, what do we do here". And this is what it should be like... horse looking to rider for leadership - but what's to say there can't be trust and friendship both ways. I disagree with anyone who says it's not possible because Joey and I are living proof that it is. X
:) That's so great that you motivate and praise him like that! I'm still trying to figure out how to do it without latching on with my knees so I usually praise him with words or a little wither scratch.
Can't wait to see where this goes! If you're still planning on a bareback show :)
Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar
I could feel how unsure he was, for him praise is a confidante builder cause he is so sensitive, with him you have to exaggerate alot.
He later on got input and when I cued for canter he whent up into and held in, even with no hands :)
This summer will likely be the last that you can do the 4-h show in your area Klassic, as King County has lost funding for 4-H and will only run through September, and that with limited funding. I hope you make the progress you need to compete in the classes you want to enter this year!
I would recommend that you praise your horse when he does something right (canter when asked) and not when he doesn't quite get it (breaks from canter after a stride or two) as you will more quickly reinforce what you're asking for that way.