Originally Posted by beau159
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...