Oh I'm sure many will think this is no big deal.....
I rode Sera bareback for my ride with Rex this week. BAREBACK! I honestly didn't think I could do it... just figured it was a thing from my youth... long gone....thought I'd get up there and slide right off... bloop. Into the dirt.
I wasn't sure what Sera would do... and I am really NOT at all graceful. I'm not one of those people who can lightly hop on or swing themselves up.... I clumber and wallow and grunt and make anyone watching wince in pity for all my flailing struggles.
I lined Sera up next to the mounting block... hmmm. She's still to tall for me to just put my leg over..... and I'm afraid to go belly first over her back because I'm not sure what she's going to think or how she'll react to all my clambering.
Lucky for me, Mrs. Kravitz's husband was there and he gave me a leg up.
He held his hands out cupped.
I looked at him dubiously. I'm pretty sure I outweigh the man.
"Don't throw me all the way over her back to the other side o.k.?" I hesitantly step into his cupped hands and I stand...
"Are you sure you can hold me?" (still standing in his cupped hands)
he grunts as he is holding my full weight while I dither and fret ...." just....umph get....hurg on....oof"
I swing a leg over and I'm on my lovely, fabulous mare bareback!
Oh! She has a spine! I am now intimately familiar with my mare. The last horse I rode bareback was my old gelding... he is very round and stout....backbone nicely covered in lots o' flesh and roundness. I was never that intimately familiar with Brandon.
We walked and trotted and cantered.... oh it was great fun. Like being on the best carnival ride in the world.
I almost came undone when we were doing trot half-pass... normally I weight my stirrup in the direction of travel. I went to weight my stirrup and whoops! There ARE no stirrups, you are bareback Shanster - duh. Almost slid right off the side... but I corrected and on we went.
Oh, it was so much fun. I really love, love, love, love my red-headed mule, Sera Sue.
And it was so much warmer... the day was 28 degrees, cloudy and 98% humidity. Brrr. I'll be doing much more bareback this winter. Know it will help with my balance, strength and confidence.... while keeping me nice and toasty.