Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Well, I... Uh. I bought this green broke gelding who was cowboy trained. Same day I bought him, and I didn't have a saddle at the barn that sold him to me. So I figured, wth, we'll do a little tooling about in the arena bareback. Took it a little slow at the mounting block because we were still new to each other. Leaned over him, put weight on, slung a leg over, dismounted, mounted again, sat quietly, wiggled a little bit. You know the usual, took about 5 minutes of "getting to know you" then went ahead and asked him to walk off. Nothing complicated, turn left, turn right, stop, back, walk, that kind of thing for 30 min or so. He was a bit tense and goosey, but heck, he wasn't exactly Mr. Bombproof (being sold as "too spooky") so that wasn't a surprise. Finished up and went to my car when a staff member stopped me.
"You know that horse has never had anyone on bareback before, right?"
Um. Well, no, I didn't. I guess I'm glad it went well? Oops.