Here is a photo of me and Storm, taken two years ago when I finally plucked up courage to sit on him bareback for the first time ever.
I regularly used to ride [my other horse] Bracken bareback out hacking, but didn’t trust Storm until this day. Now I probably ride him bareback 3-4 times a year, so far only in walk and a little bit of trot, and usually just to check out my own seat and aids when asking for turns and yields. It is interesting for me that he is always Perfect Pony when I ride him bareback (and you know some of his antics in the past!) but then I only ride him bareback when I have prepared us both properly…hmmmmmh!!!!!! This year I plan to add some canter and maybe a little bit of teeny jumps. Bareback riding is not something I feel I need to do for him, but do find it useful for my own Attitude – I am much less likely to push either of us out of our comfort zones when riding bareback. Very revealing!
Thank you for sharing Kate! Great to know you and Storm have such better relationship now 🙂
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