I went all in on the ‘No Stirrups November’ theme with Willow and decided to to do No Saddle November…which turned into ‘Naked Horse November’.
Let me explain. I started by committing to ride Willow bareback the entire month. She has been ridden bareback before, but it had been awhile.
I’ve been working on riding her bridleless, so during my first few bareback rides I notice she was overly sensitive. I committed to simply riding her bareback for the first half of the month to give her a chance to adjust.
NOTICE: I gave myself restrictions. I didn’t say ‘as soon as she relaxes’, I actually wanted her to go beyond that…and I didn’t want to question myself every ride. So I decided to reevaluate after 10-12 more rides.
Yesterday I reevaluated and based on what I’ve been observing I decided to do Willows first bareback and bridleless ride. No neck rope, nothing, except horse and rider.
It was a 20 minute ride in total. Twelve minutes warming up with the bridle on but the reins loose, then I pulled the bridle off. I’ve edited that eight minutes down to a highlight reel for you.
This little horse 🥰
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