Monday, March 6, 2017

First Bareback Ride

As if some kind of cruel Horse God was trying to spite me, approximately four days after the outdoor arena was completely clear of snow and ice, it snowed.

A lot.

Pardon the loose noseband.
A thin sheet of ice layered the roadways as well, so I wasn't even able to hack around the street with Annie.

So instead, I did what any intelligent baby horse owner would do.

I hopped up on her bareback in the paddock with her pasture-mates loose and puttered around at the walk and trot.

Of course, I lived to tell the tale so it couldn't have been that bad. In fact, it was really nice.



Annie tried to drift a few times towards Suzie, who stood there judging us, but other than that she obliged with my requests and even complied with a forward trot until she slipped on some ice hidden under the snow and was hesitant to trot off again. I did find that I am horribly uncoordinated and lack A LOT of balance and core strength, which resorted to Annie being a bit confused with me in some aspects, but we ironed it out alright in the end.

All in all, it was a good little ride and I am happy to cross another "first" off our list.

13 comments:

  1. The first bareback ride is often a challenge. I really need to do more bareback riding myself.

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    1. I don't mind riding bareback, it's just the whole balance issue. LOL

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  2. Bareback riding can be so soothing when the weather isn't cooperating for more productive rides!

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    1. Even tho we were stuck in the paddock, it was fun to get up and ride her :)

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  3. I haven't been brave enough to ride William bareback yet! You are way braver than me.

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    1. You guys should have quite a bit of snow - it would probably soften your fall (if that happened). LOL

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  4. ugh bummer about all that snow! spring can't come soon enough!

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    1. What is it they say about March again... In like a Lion..? Ugh.

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  5. Snow certainly does make us get creative. My property has been too covered in ice and snow to ride at home but I have been making a point to practice Shiraz's "parking" at the mounting block every day and gettin on bareback just to keep her from completely going feral on me!

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    1. HAHAHA. That is my worry too - I find with the weather and such, it makes horse get pretty herd bound since they aren't coming and going from the barn.

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  6. That sucks about the snow, but at least it would soften the fall if the first bareback ride did end up more exciting??

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  7. Sounds like a lovely way to spend an icy day to me :)

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