So I've been moaning and groaning about wanting to build my bareback confidence, but without an arena I'm left doing it up on the mountain. Perhaps you've heard about the Rocky Mountains. They're mountains. With Rocks. Hard Rocks. Not the most comfortable landing should I need one.
On our ride today, Bill was messing around (as usual) and said, "arms out, eyes closed". Sure enough, he'd dropped Ranger's lead rope (show-off only rides in a halter and lead rope when we're out bareback) and was riding with his arms in the airplane position and his eyes closed. Which started me thinking...maybe I should work on my confidence by working on riding with my legs instead of my hands. I know next to nothing about leg cues - remember, I learned to ride by not falling off. Lots of hours on different horses. Lots of wet saddle pads, but not much in the way of formal instruction.
I know that I can usually get Estes to do stuff by thinking about what I want to do, but I've got no idea how to cue her for it. So, my plan for increasing my confidence changed right there on the spot. I dropped the reins and rode for a few feet without my reins. I kept repeating that until I was ready to try to guide her with my legs.