Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bareback!

I love riding bareback, I really do.  I love the feel of Panama beneath me: his body heat, and the way it feels like there's this spot that was designed for me to sit in it.  I just wish I felt more secure bareback — I still haven't mastered the trot (though lack of bareback practice might have something to do with my slow progress!).  Panama is starting to fill out as he gets older, though, and no longer feels as narrow as he used to, so perhaps in another year I'll feel like I have more horse to hang on to!

I was vacillating on whether to go out to the barn today — I had initially planned on it, but then I decided to meet my mom for a snack and to take a look at her netbook for her in the afternoon.  I was worried about not getting enough work time in today, but when we left the Barnes & Noble cafe, it was too gorgeous not to go straight home — and anyway, I was already halfway to the barn!

I was glad I went.  I chatted for a little while to let Panama eat most of his dinner.  A little before sunset, I put him in the cross ties and groomed him a little.  I didn't feel like tacking up, and it was getting dark, so I threw his bridle on him, a helmet on me, and took him inside for a nice bareback ride.

We lucked out, and only one other rider was in the arena.  I didn't want an explosive horse on my hands when I was bareback, so I was glad of the quiet arena.  We didn't have long (I didn't want Savvy to have time to completely finish the hay) so we just walked a bit and worked on bending.  He was good and didn't try anything silly, though it took a little while to remind him what "bending" was (something we had to relearn yesterday too — one day I'll learn not to let so much time go by between rides).

Tomorrow isn't supposed to be quite as warm — a high of around 50, instead of 60 — and it's supposed to be windy.  I still want to try to get another ride in, though — and with a saddle this time, so that we can do a little more — and maybe turn him out a little too.  I want him to be good for me during Friday's lesson!

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At February 18, 2011 at 8:10 PM, OpenID rosewolfkin said...

Bareback is a great way to ride. I think it helps you know more about the way your horse is thinking. www.timsboots.com

 
At February 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I agree. The challenge I have is that Panama is narrow, and my seat isn't very good. The combination means I don't feel very secure up there. I think he is getting broader as he gets older and fills out a bit more, though (he's only 5), plus my riding skills are improving (slowly! why was it so much easier when I was a kid?!) so maybe that will change with time.

 

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