Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Going commando aka "Champion the Wonder Horse"

Over the last week I've been trying the next stage of riding with no bridle.  I must say its the best fun and I wish I'd tried it years ago!
We've gone out riding and leading and can now go round the farm too.  I do have a bridle on when I am leading another horse, for safety and because we are on the roads, but I am using it less and less.   Round the fields we go commando - or at least Felix does...

I never thought it would be possible to have my own personal "Champion the Wonder Horse"  - with Winston as Rebel - a childhood dream come true :-)


I was especially pleased that we managed a bit of trickier stuff - going off piste, in and out of the gorse and stopping mid canter on the way home  - without too much difficulty!  Lots more practice required, but I think the Dare is taking shape :-)

When I posted our first attempt at riding with no bridle, last week, there was a complete meltdown of Blogger, so I hope this latest clip won't have the same effect :-)  Although the blog came back, all the comments that people had put up were never restored, so apologies if yours was one of the ones that got lost...

15 comments:

Val said...

You have such beautiful countryside to explore. I like your hand signals. Beautiful harmony with your horse.

Dom said...

Looks like so much fun! And puts my bridleless work to shame. Haha.

Jenny said...

How lovely!
You two look great.... can't wait for the hunting video!

Lucie said...

Go Felix!!!
He looks fab :D

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Lovely :)

Nic Barker said...

Glad you all like it :-) Braithwaite is asking why I didn't jump ;-) The ground's still too hard but its raining now - maybe next week?!

amandap said...

Go Nic and Felix. Fantastic. Yay!
Am I allowed to have a super hero? lol

jenj said...

LOVE the music you chose to go with that. How about Rossini's William Tell Overture for the next one, with movements to match the music? ;)

And Felix is such a star!

Cristina said...

Better than Champion the Wonder Horse, he had a sneaky wire bit and bridle that you had to look closely for ;-)

Nic Barker said...

I never know that, Cristina...bit of a disappointment! Yep, Felix is definitely a star and don't he know it (!)

Love the soundtrack suggestion - could do with more of those ;-)

amandap said...

I never knew that either Cristina.
Very disappointing. I'm off to look at clips on you tube now. lol

Nicky said...
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Cristina said...

Sorry didn't mean to shatter any childhood illusions but he was galloping around with a child on board.
Look in the shots where they turn or slow down, you can see Champion throwing his head up and opening his mouth to evade the bit and sometimes catch a glimpse of a thin rein when it catches the light.
Then they'd take it off for the close ups.

Nicky said...

Wow, wow, wow!! This is what I am dreaming to do one day along a beach or something equally romantic. We are progressing nicely through the Quantum Savvy programme currently riding away with just a rope halter and 1 rope rein at all gaits so not long now :-)