Saturday, September 10, 2011

My bareback pad came in, and Panama surprises me

My bareback pad came in this week, so yesterday I picked it up at the tack store.  It's just like the one I've been borrowing from my fellow boarder, since I liked hers so much: the Tacky Too bareback pad from the Reinsman catalog.  It has a tacky bottom to keep it from moving around on Panama, and a microsuede top to keep me in place, too.  I also like the fleece girth, since I think that the plain nylon strap on most bareback pads must be rather uncomfortable for the horse.

I went out to the barn yesterday evening to try out our new pad.  Panama was really jumpy in the cross ties, and very ticklish when being groomed, which usually indicates he's really tense and full of anxious energy.  So imagine my surprise when he turned out to be very well-behaved for our ride!  He wanted to trot too quickly at first, but slowed down when reminded with a few half-halts, and was fine after that.  He stayed pretty focused, with no spooking or silly behavior, and paid close attention to all my cues.  I had a feeling that it took a lot of mental energy for him to focus when he was obviously so fired up, however, because even though I didn't ride for very long (maybe 20 minutes), he seemed pretty tired afterward.

I really ought to pull the saddle out and practice cantering with one or both stirrups dropped, but it's going to be hard to bring myself to do so when I'm enjoying our bareback rides so much!  Too bad I don't quite feel comfortable yet attempting a canter while bareback...

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