Nice video. I miss riding bareback. I've taken a wee break from it while my horse is shedding her winter coat because quite frankly, it's horrible when they're shedding.
To the rather critical poster: when I first started riding horses bareback (yonks ago), I hardly cantered at all because I thought I would surely fall off. Nothing wrong with doing what you're comfortable with and doing lots of canter bareback may not yet be it. BFD. In any case, it's risky leaping to conclusions about horse and rider from one video, especially conclusions based on whatever presuppositions and hang-ups you have rather than anything that's actually happening with the horse and handler in question. I know from lurking around this forum that this horse is quite young and he had quite a bit of time off earlier this year due to health issues, and his owner has also had a fair bit of time off due to a car accident. Prior to that, she was in consistent dressage training with him.
The lecture about being the "leader" seemed a bit out of context: I don't see where she wasn't a "leader" or the horse was disrespectful in any way on the video. I don't see an "underlying" problem. Rather, prior to the horse getting ill and her getting into the car accident, she was posting videos of him coming along rather nicely with his dressage. In this video, she was just pottering around bareback and there isn't a think wrong with pottering around if you and the horse are just coming back from a long layoff, or even if you're having a lazy day and could not be a*rsed doing serious work.
Note to self: never post video of me riding on forum. People will read all kinds of weird things into it.
Last edited by thesilverspear; 04-14-2012 at 07:30 AM.