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MirrorStage2009 12-31-2008 04:40 PM

"Bay" Friesian at play!
Summer pictures of TJ and myself. My mother and twin came out, and I just decided to hop on bareback, throwing my nylon headstall over his halter. All of the action shots didn't come out, or I looked terrible. :shock: I'm not looking for critiques anyways...I'm not a fancy rider. I know I suck. :wink: We were just having fun!!!

Gettin' ready to go...

It's funny how much bigger TJ looks when I'm on him. I'm a dwarf! :shock: Haha...:lol:

FGRanch 12-31-2008 10:19 PM

He sure is a nice looking guy! And you know what, if you are having fun riding go for it! Doesn't matter how you look, it's how you feel that is important. I took lessons for the first time this year. I am by no means a fancy rider.

RusticWildFire 12-31-2008 10:31 PM

He sure is a pretty boy! Don't worry about not being a fancy rider. I'm not either. I just go out and have fun :)

MrsB 01-01-2009 02:26 AM

WOW..... :shock:

I am in love with your horse! He is stunning!!! Gosh you are one very lucky girl!

smrobs 01-01-2009 02:38 AM

B.E.A.UTIFUL!! I am absolutely GREEN with envy right now. There is absolutely nothing better than riding bareback in my book. It is way more fun and challenging. Even if you don't look perfect most of the time. :) LOL

DarkChylde 01-04-2009 04:19 AM

You are sitting just fine, bareback is best to me.

And WOW what a horse! GORGEOUS <wiping slobber off screen> Come to butthead......

Me want!:D

MirrorStage2009 01-04-2009 03:08 PM

Thanks to you all for commenting!

Yeah, I love riding bareback (especially in the rain! :-)). I only had a handful of western lessons when I was a tween, then we had rescue horses and no money for lessons or tack. :? So bareback is pretty much how I learned.

The only problem is TJ has the explosive, expressive Friesian trot which is not easy to sit bareback. Yee-haw!! :wink:

And thanks for saying I'm sitting fine, DarkChylde. I actually have more problems with direct reining...being TJ is an English horse and I rode western. I bought him with the plans to learn English on him, but lost my job of 10 years two months after buying him. That nixed all training/lesson plans. ugh. I've taken a few h/j and more recently dressage lessons, but am still all awkward with the reins! So I just usually ride on a loose rein and use my leg/seat, reinforcing when I have to with the reins when he decides to be stubborn.

I use to have riding goals. Now I just want to be more confident and have fun. FehrGroundRanch and RusticWildFire, thanks, guys, for noting on the "fancy rider" bit. I really appreciate it. I've met a lot of equestrians who tell me I don't deserve a Friesian because I'm not a Dressage star. :-( So, thank you!

wild_spot 01-04-2009 09:18 PM

Wow people have actually said that to you? That's horrible! Don't listen to people like that, i'm sure they are just jealous, cause you and TJ look great together! I know I'm sure jealous!

my2geldings 01-04-2009 11:46 PM

Stunning horse:shock: I LOVE the last photo you posted. Just stunning.

FGRanch 01-05-2009 10:36 AM

You deserve what ever you feel you deserve! Keep that in mind, always reach for the stars! :D

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