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    04-14-2012, 06:13 AM
  #21
Yearling
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.
     
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    04-14-2012, 06:25 AM
  #22
Yearling
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.
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    04-14-2012, 06:25 AM
  #23
Yearling
Sorry about the double post. Computer has a mind of its own!

I clearly need to be its leader and teach it respect. ;)
     
    04-14-2012, 10:29 AM
  #24
Green Broke
Thank you silverspear! That's exactly what I was going for :) I'm having a rather hard time magazine my back and shoulder pain and just sitting on him bareback right now is eaiser on my lower back as my hips are still very tight and twisted :( I was advised by massage theripest just lay night that I might want to wait longer when I think about my 3rd or 4th ride....doesn't she know I am a horse crazy 20 year old and it's spring so it's perfect riding weather!? Ahh!
I'm hoping to take both Ollie and I to a local fun show and do flat classes in a few weeks depending on my pain level. I spent all week throwing up and so dizyu from the pain and the pain killer I took was just to much and I took it on a empty stomache...lesson learned there! Even after riding that might bareback I was throwing up :( but he made me fel a lot better that's for sure! Not once did I feel sick on him! Haha
     
    04-14-2012, 10:45 AM
  #25
Weanling
You look great! I'm impressed you're riding at all considering what you've been through. What show will you be going to - Vashon or Snohomish County?
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    04-14-2012, 12:24 PM
  #26
Yearling
This is the horse that just recently had pneumonia correct? He's looking REALLY good :). I also like that you praise him, but I agree with the poster who said praise him when he actually gets it right. Overall you're both looking good :).
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    04-14-2012, 01:31 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar    
Thank you silverspear! That's exactly what I was going for :) I'm having a rather hard time magazine my back and shoulder pain and just sitting on him bareback right now is eaiser on my lower back as my hips are still very tight and twisted :( I was advised by massage theripest just lay night that I might want to wait longer when I think about my 3rd or 4th ride....doesn't she know I am a horse crazy 20 year old and it's spring so it's perfect riding weather!? Ahh!
I'm hoping to take both Ollie and I to a local fun show and do flat classes in a few weeks depending on my pain level. I spent all week throwing up and so dizyu from the pain and the pain killer I took was just to much and I took it on a empty stomache...lesson learned there! Even after riding that might bareback I was throwing up :( but he made me fel a lot better that's for sure! Not once did I feel sick on him! Haha
Isn't is great how much better we feel just being on our horses!! Keep up the good work!
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    04-14-2012, 04:44 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Yes he had pnurmonia in december and has been on a good suppliment that helps and makes the biggest difference! I will be moving him to Vashon yes, he will be in a very large paddock with large run in she'd where he can relaxe an be a horse :) I'm looking forward to the move and to see how that effects him health and wise and mentally :)
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    04-14-2012, 09:03 PM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by beau159    
Agreed^^^^

Why did you title your post and then you go and say

Either you want an honest critique, or you just make excuses. Looks like the latter.



So what exactly have you done with him in 7 months? Have you done additional ground work? How old is he? Or have you just "sat" on him and took pictures and now hopped on him bareback? More information would be useful.

As far as the riding goes, you need to bring your legs backward. You are sitting chair-seated. You heel, hip, and ear should make a straight line.



I'm sorry, but he hasn't chosen not to buck you off because you have such a great bond and trust and warm fuzzy feelings. Horses don't become a human friend. They don't refrain from acting up because "they like you". They are a horse; not a person.

And it sounds like you've done nothing with seriously riding this horse with a saddle and making him work, which may be where the underlying problem lies.

You didn't even make him gallop a full and complete circle around the person videoing you, and allowed him to lazily fall back into a trot because he wanted to. You're not doing the horse a favor by being buddy-buddy fuzzy-fuzzy and letting him do what he wants. The horse looks to the rider to be the leader of their herd of two. Someone to tell the herd what to do and when to do it. No, I'm not talking about using force or abuse to force the horse to do what you want. I'm talking about being the dominant leader and the horse obeys you because the horse respects you and your cues.

Of course he hasn't tried to buck you off yet. It doesn't look like you've asked him to do any real work yet (based on this video) and the information you've provided. If you start asking him to step it up and actually do some things, I guarantee you'll see the horse everyone else did. However, that's where it's even more important to make sure he knows that you are "the stallion leader" out of your little pack. A "good bond" means squat to him. He's a horse. Have you seen how a herd of horses act together? Everyone does what the lead stallion says. No questions asked. Because they respect his knowledge and authority.
Wow, who pissed in your wheaties?? She asked for a critique on her HORSE on his second bareback ride, after coming from a pretty wild background.

Maybe I joined the wrong forum...
     
    04-14-2012, 09:11 PM
  #30
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by FaydesMom    
Wow, who pissed in your wheaties??

OMG! I really needed this laugh today. Thank you! And no, you are just fine here!!
     

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