Reference to finished work of my new favorite Midas portrait. I snapped this picture while riding around bareback and bridleless. This horse is so much fun.
She’s 4 years old, but has discovered that Midas leads impeccably. This brings her great delight. It brings me great delight, also.
It will probably be a while before I feel I’ve properly captured the scene in paint.
I painted some old riding boots, and they could be yours! I’m auctioning them off on Ebay. They are entirely decorative, perfect for a conversation piece, or the centerpiece at a race-day party, a polo match, or even just a horse crazy kid’s party.
It’s been pretty mild here–in between days of genuinely bitter cold–but the footing has stayed pretty good. We’re still working on understanding life with a bitless bridle–and I’ve started using the neck rein–holding both the neck rein and the reins as if using a double bridle or something.
Midas loves it.
I mean….we’re not going around looking like a dressage pony, but he steers shockingly well, and stops pretty wel also.
It’s also meant that when I ditch the bridle entirely and just use the neck rein, he handles really well.
On our way to liberty riding! But, I need to spend some time brushing up on my sitting trot, first. Because Midas says he doesn’t believe I can really steer when we’re trotting bareback.
Independent seat, here I come. Right?