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Anyways, if you've read any of my older posts you may know about this weird little thing of mine....the dream that I have that would make me content would be if I was a bomb bareback rider. Everyone has an image in their head of what they want to be able to do on a horse...mine is being capable of riding bareback! I don't know why, but its really just what I aspire to do. And I suck at it. I can walk/trot bareback no problem, but I come to a big brick wall at the canter.
The horses that I have had access to through a lease, or what not, have all had their quirks, and dreamy rocking horse canters is not one that anyone horse I've had the pleasure of leasing has had.
Chili wouldn't even lope, she'd balk and buck before she'd lope (I leased her when I'd been riding about a month, I was told she was a 'deadbroke beginner' horse...needless to say that didn't last long...
Oreo had a back like a couch, but was so dang stiff I could barely stay in the saddle when she first picked up a lope
Liam had extremely rhythmic lope, but was very rough at the same time (haflingers are bred to trot with a cart, not for nice gaits!)
Chrome was barely ridable in a saddle.
And now I am with pony (There are a few horses in there that I rode for a while for friends and such, who were no better for a bareback lope). Pony is very quick, very forward, and I know that she will give me a beautiful canter if I relax. But its obviously hard to relax when your afraid! I know exactly where my problem is, and I know how to fix it in theory...but not in practice!
So I figured I'd keep working with pony in saddle, go stirrupless...etc and eventually be able to go bareback on her. And in the past few days, I have gotten severely bad anxiety about loping bareback on her. Why? I don't know! I hadn't tried it and fallen off, I hadn't even been thinking about it really. So last night I had a dream about it, I don't remember the dream, and woke up SUPER anxious about loping bareback! All day long I knew that I was going out to the barn tonight and when I thought about it, my heart started beating really fast. I have no idea why, we had a great ride the other night, and I hadn't even thought about trying to lope bareback. However, I figured my body was trying to tell me something.
I grew up doing gymnastics, and I got the same feeling I would get when attempting a new skill for the first time.
The entire way out to the barn, I was panic attacky. I got pony and my nerves would not quit it. I got on her bareback...and off we loped!
Just kidding...but that would have been cool! Instead we walked a lot, we trotted a lot, she stayed super calm, and I tried to get her to lope. She would pick it up, then stop.
I knew that I had too tight of reins on her, so she couldn't comfortably lope. She could tell I was tense. Finally, I did it all the way down the length of the arena. and we loped! It was fast, I grabbed mane and held. It was sketchy. But I stayed on, didn't get hurt, and am no longer anxious.
Did we do perfect? Hell no. Did we look terrible? 100%
Do we need to work on it? Heck yes. Am I going to wake up in a cold sweat from now on? I'm feeling like its a no!
I don't know why this sudden anxiety arose in me, but my body was obviously telling me something, so I went ahead, tempted fate, and am feeling a bunch better about me and my pony now.
Just so we all know this...I have loped before bareback. On oreo..and it was not pretty. I tried on her more than any other horse, and it was always sketchy! I fell off more times than I'd like to admit (she just had such a rough lope). I had loped bareback on Liam (it was much more of a gallop....that was fun! Until I asked him to slow down and he gave me a 200 mph trot and I fell off..) and the last time I tried to lope, it was on a horse named kyra...a super forward morgan who is sweet...but forward! I couldn't get her to lope though, she just would not pick it up! She would trot fast and then I would lose it. It was so frustrating! That was probably a month ago or so..so maybe thats where some of my anxiety was coming from.
Nonetheless, I am proud of myself for setting out and doing something that scared the bejesus out of me. Bareback riding is just like anything else, it takes practice, and a hell of a lot of it. I have a very good natural sense of balance, so I know I would be a good bareback rider if I simply relaxed...it's just sooo hard to do that when your scared! What I need to do is get my old gymnastics coach out to watch me and yell at me what to do..I bet that would work!!
And for your viewing pleasure, heres a picture of the darling oreo, she was suuuch a beautiful horse!
|Oreo...She was a frame overo paint with a medicine cap and two blue eyes...can you think of anything more beautiful!|