Originally Posted by tinyliny
Gidget seems really comfortable in that saddle. She moved with great freedom and stride and was really engaged in her surroundings wiht a bright attitude. It was cute how you gave her her head to go up the hill and she went for the grass. You know, give 'em and inch and they'll take a mile!
I like what I see betweent the two of you. I think, with G being still somewhat new to you, that you are just beginning to enter the place where you start to really know you horse, and I mean just barely begininig. It takes at least a year to have any real feel for a horse, and two to feel like you know each other well. I think you two are extrememly well matched. She is a sturdy little horse with a lot of character and you have the beginnings of a good seat.
You can feel how much harder it is to keep your balance in a treeless. It's really important to NOT stiffen up. You have to stay really soft and united with her movement. A saddle can mask it when by stiffening a rider's body movement becomes seperate from the hrose's , but a treeles, like bareback, can't hide it.
So, stay really loose and let your legs drape down. Don't put very much pressure into the stirrups at all, but rather really ride from your seatbones and draping thigh, like an Indian, if you want a mental image.
I, personally, would not take my horse out on the trail in a bitless until I felt that I had a whoa and a turn when I wanted one. If the bit is well fitted, they can easily graze in it and can carry it for hourse without discomfort.
Still, G carried her head without defensiveness, so maybe she would be happier in a bitless. Just make sure you have confient brakes before you get out there. You could always pack a lightweight bridle iwth bit in your saddle bag.
I would have like to see that canter. Oh, and do mind your girth. Remember that thread I posted on having my girth slide? I went off , but forturnately on ly at a walk. Amazing how many people had similar stories.
I do think Gidget likes her treeless saddle. I felt that she was more willing to trot out and I didn't need to push her to lope which was so nice but a bit scary as my girth was loose! (I tend to ride with a loose girth majority of the time but it's totally different in a treeless saddle!
Gidget is still new to me. I've only had her for a year and 3 months so we are still learning about each other but I would NEVER EVER trade her for another horse. She is one of the best things that has happened to me( I thank my mom pretty much daily for getting her for me..she made my dream come true!). Gidget and I still butt heads but she is always willing to let me ride her..she stood perfectly still at the mounting block and let me get on..she just stood there. I was happy. I thinks he is a one rider type of horse though as she gets upset if other people ride her or even lead her around..this I do not know why..even the very good riders!
Yes,if I give Gidget her head then she thinks it's time to eat...
I noticed that Gidget wasn't as fidgity with just a halter BUT WE defiently need to work out our cues if we go bitless..I only will do this in the pasture..not on a road or pasture as I know I don't have as much as control.
I'm not quite she how to fit a bit properly..I know she chomps at any bit I put in her mouth. Also the vet said she doesn't need her teeth floated soo it's not that.