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3 "Firsts" in one day!

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        07-14-2009, 09:53 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking 3 "Firsts" in one day!

    Tonight was a night of "firsts" for me First time jumping bareback, first time cantering bareback (right after she jumped!) and then (with the saddle back on lol) first time galloping! Here are some pics & vids I just had to share with everyone!

    First time jumping bareback:

    First time galloping:

    Video of my first time galloping (yes I screeched lol) And it felt a LOT faster than it looks in this video! I didn't even really let her loose, I had to start holding her back about halfway through the pasture so we didn't dead end ourselves into the other side!

    And here is video of my first time jumping bareback and cantering bareback after the jump (although I had to make her stop because she was on the wrong lead) Fun times!
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        07-14-2009, 09:57 PM
    I love the screech! Great job today.
        07-14-2009, 10:06 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks! Haha I know, the screech was hilarious
        07-14-2009, 10:23 PM
    WOOT WOOT! Good job girl! I shoud ride Boo bareback....sometime........
        07-14-2009, 10:40 PM
    Green Broke
    YAY! Great job!! You look like you've done all that a thousand times. Your horse looks REALLY smooth!
        07-14-2009, 11:45 PM
    She looks soooo smooth bareback. Zeus is smooth enough with a saddle but bareback... is another story completely.
    It's horrid! Ha ha. You two look great!
        07-15-2009, 03:08 AM
    BRaVO... the cool thing is one day of riding bareback, jumping etc is like 5 days of regular saddle riding as far as working on your leg strength etc..... so good for you!!!! If only I could trust my crazy mare not to be a loon and go bareback LOL......
        07-15-2009, 07:33 AM
    Man, I wish I could ride bareback. In fact, I wish that I could trust a horse enough to gallop on them. But I'm too much of a wuss! Well done! Were you feeling brave that day, or what! Lol
        07-15-2009, 07:52 AM
    Congrats!! Jumping bareback is a whole different feel than jumping in a saddle, ain't it? LOL.

    If you want to really run, dead out gallop, you are more than welcome to borrow Denny. I think he missed his true calling as a racehorse. He has enough torque that if you aren't holding on, he will leave you sitting in mid-air. ;)

    You and Sandie look like you are having so much fun. Keep up the incredible work, you are doing amazing. ;p
        07-15-2009, 12:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by DarkEquine    
    Man, I wish I could ride bareback. In fact, I wish that I could trust a horse enough to gallop on them. But I'm too much of a wuss! Well done! Were you feeling brave that day, or what! Lol
    Oh you should have talked to me 5 months ago, before I ever started jumping or anything! I had a few spooky moments with Sandie because I just got her and she was still learning to trust me (and I, her)...I was scared to death of even WALKING with her! I would NEVER have imagined riding bareback, jumping, etc with any horse, least of all her!

    Then one day, something spooked her but instead of bolting and bucking me off, she just shyed a little...my confidence slowly came back, and one day we decided to start jumping...then I learned to trot bareback...and it goes on from there. With every good ride, I gain more confidence back, and she trusts me now, which makes things MUCH easier! So now I tend to just take set backs in stride and don't let them be set backs for us, just chalk it up to a mistake or a bad day.

    I've also learned that if I blame myself for any mistakes, I can just work on correcting things myself versus just saying "oh she's just a spooky horse so I can't ride her bareback" which is what I used to think about her. A wise person (ahem, MIEventer!) once told me "A good rider blames themselves and a poor rider blames their horse"

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