Since Bandit had a cut near the corner of his mouth, I brought out his new sidepull halter and we tried it in the arena this afternoon. My wife actually took movies, which were weird because they were done in slow motion. It is kind of cool to see Bandit trotting and cantering in slow motion. I need to get a Youtube account.
My wife said I was bouncing. I pointed out that I had shortened the stirrups, and my crotch probably touched the saddle at time, but only briefly and lightly. Afterward, I realized I had a Buck Ranger knife in my back pocket, which is a big hunk of steel to be riding with - but my butt didn't spend much time touching. That is OK - my goal for this afternoon was to work on shorter stirrups and going bitless.
I think Bandit was a bit wound up, so to speak, about being bitless. But I enjoyed how forward he was. The pictures are blurry because they are enlargements from a video. I really got a kick to see Bandit and I in slow motion. It was revealing....I remain a "5 Ingredient Rider" - a guy whose riding is very simplified because, frankly, I'm not good enough to do more.
In the cantering picture, Bandit's right rear hoof had just touched down, while the other 3 are airborne. And I was also trying to make sure he didn't veer right and leave the arena.
My stirrups were two holes shorter than normal, but I liked them that way for arena riding. I've got to think hard about shortening them for trail riding. How would a spook be like this? I dunno...not sure I want to find out.
OTOH, I'm not exactly riding with super short stirrups anyways.
PS - I sometimes accuse Bandit of being a little homely, kind of like me. But I think Bandit looks nice in these pictures. Pity I'm not as good an athlete as he is...but I'm a lot older, too!