Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bareback Outside

After a few cold nights and cool days we have moved on to some rather surprisingly warm fall weather. Today was close to 80, though it is amazing how different such temps feel in October than they do in July or August. They're never bad in the summer, but they do pack a whole lot more punch than they do in October.

Today the warmth allowed us to be super comfortable in t-shirts, but the guys were sweating a little in their pre-winter coats. Both Bear and Steen are getting quite a bit darker as their downy little hairs come in. I'll be curious to see how thick Bear's coat really gets once we hit actual winter temps.

The ride itself was fun and easy. Bear and I have really been focusing on doing things at the walk. We're just in no rush (why should we be?), and I think he really appreciates me taking my time. So today we decided to ride outside bareback. I did use our bareback pad, though. And I also put a thin pad underneath that. The combo was perfect. It felt super comfy, but I also had great feel and contact with Bear.

The mounting was a little funny. This was only my second un-assisted bareback mount. Since we were outside I thought he might be a bit more distracted and inclined to move about. I don't think he really was, though. However, when I jumped aboard my leg got caught on the back of the bareback pad and pulled it forward. He didn't like that much and decided to quickly walk around and swivel his hindquarters a bit. As soon as I secured my seat he settled right down.

And that was probably the most exciting aspect of the ride. We worked on our usual twists and turns and had no problems. Bear performed everything quite nicely, but when I wasn't asking anything of him he was a little distracted by Heather longing Tommy out in the soy bean field. Not a big deal really.

I imagine over the next many weeks I'll continue to practice my bareback riding. I can already tell that it has helped my seat some, and I can only imagine what it will do for me once we start moving around a little quicker.

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