Back in June, I took my first canter on Estes in a saddle. I've been whining off and on about not having an arena to learn new things in, because, basically I'm a chicken and don't want to get hurt trying new things riding in the mountains. After my ride with Compass in June I decided that my summer goal was going to be to ride Estes bareback at the canter. Summer's technically over, but we haven't taken the horses down to winter pasture yet, so I'm going to continue to think of it as summer, okay?
Our first attempt was a bust. I started at a trot, cued up for a canter and Estes moved into her nice Morgan shuffle, so I cued up for a canter again and she just shuffled faster. Bill attempted video, but watch it at your own risk. In his own words, "it's the planet's most nauseating video".
I pretty much gave up after the aborted attempt. I was ready, but she was not. However, I thought I'd give it another go and we had success!!!!! This video's not quite as nauseating as the first, but don't play it full screen, you'll regret it.
We did it! Estes was so happy to be allowed to stretch her legs out that we did it again. She would have kept going, but I thought better of it. Okay, honestly, my butt thought better of it. Even with a bareback pad, it hurt when I got out of position and whacked my seat bones on her back.
We've still got some time before winter pasture and we'll be doing this again!