I managed to get a ride out there with mom and told her that I didn't want to ride with anyone unless it was her so I could have a more relaxed ride with Red after our terrible ride the weekend before, so I ended up in the round pen tackless while mom groomed Spirit and checked out his newly injured knee. (Just a scrape but a bit swollen, that horse never fails to get injured right before a ride.) So we just kind of relaxed and did whatever we felt like. We did a lot of walk/trot/canter and I worked on my seat and posture a little. I hadn't ridden bareback in....a long time, so I was kind of a fail in the beginning but I slowly started improving and I actually stayed on when he started loping. Woot!! Last time we loped bareback it didn't really end well. :))
I'm literally amazed at how well he's coming along. He's collecting himself so well with zero tack at all and is really starting to do even better with the extended trot thing.
Also, random before I continue, some people got confused when they saw the halter on in some of the photos, I wasn't using it, I just had it on and forgot to take it off, the lead wasn't connected, haha.
On a good note regarding my EQ, my heels stayed down the majority of the time, back was straight and hands were low. Red does really well with leg pressure and I really have almost no need to use my hands too severely or have the reins tight unless he's just being stubborn, so I've been working on that..a lot.
All in all our ride was really productive and just relaxing. He did perfect, like he always does tackless. Keeps me safe when it matters the most. ;) This is why I'm thinking about getting a bitless bridle as opposed to my hack to see what he does. Less metal, less jabbing on his face. I don't have anything wrong with hacks or bits at all but if my horse does better and likes less on his face, why have a ton of stuff?
I was curious to see how he'd do being so close to the barn, in the round pen for the first time in forever, in the cold, with the horses neighing in the barn. It was dinner time so I was wondering about that as well but he did super well and was patient enough.
May be riding this weekend if the rain stays away, gonna be 59 degrees! Woohoo!!!
And before I leave, here's Cowboy enjoying our unexpected 5 inches of snow.