its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust. Each
is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardian of the
other's very well-being.
Wow. What a day. What a ride. What a horse.
We stopped by the barn this morning for a few minutes to check on the ponies with my brother, then came back with my brother and a friend of his who wanted to see the horses. We got there and talked to A about Spirit some. He has to have shoes, no doubt. Ugh.
|Pony :( :(|
Anyways, we walked way out to find Red. Ended up seeing him running up the trails, playing with Bay, as we got back. :P Led him to the round pen and hopped on. Just like that. Tackless. I don't know what came over me. My brother, his friend, mom and A just all watched me like, "Well let's see how this goes!" and Red. Oh, Red.
Every day I seem to love my horse more and today was no different.
That horse did better tackless than he has done with tons of tack in a long time. Get this. FOUR people were in the small round pen with us. Normally, Red insists on following people and not listening to me! Especially bareback. He knows I have less control bareback. But today, he listened so well. He never tried to follow. He listened perfectly. He listened to my hand cues. Responded to leg pressure. I even tackled that awful, fast trot of his with no hands. Yeah, no clue what came over me.
|omy word what is my face doing?? ALSO just to let y'all know, I didn't keep both hands on his mane like that, lol, I was trying to get a better grip :))|
I kind of let a sigh of relief out. Not going to make a fool out of myself in front of tons of people-including other barn friends that weren't in the round pen!!-and I'm not going to get bucked off. Even with the flies bugging him, he did perfect save for a random kick at a fly. But if I can handle his gait, I can handle a kick. :))
Used my spurs again today, barely. As always he really didn't need them other than once when he tried to be stubborn for two seconds.
|This picture is my favorite. :O|
He's finally becoming that really versatile horse! Calm when I need him to be, fast when I ask for it. There's no such thing as a perfect horse, but I think he's pretty close.
|So I was doing an "angry face" at a horse fly when mom took this, LOL!!|
I rode around for quite a few minutes like this, trotting around, having a blast and my grip wasn't super tight on his mane like I thought it would be lol!!
After this, mom went to go grab the hack and put it on him. I trotted/jogged around the pen for a few minutes because he started acting a bit more excited with that on, lol. Then, I literally begged my brother, not a horse guy, to get on bareback. :D With the help of his friend, I succeeded! Little sister power! :D He rode around for like, five minutes and got off. :)) Red did great with him though! His friend rode, too. :) Fun stuff!
So, in short, my horse is amazing. I had a random bout of courage. Twas' a good day!