I got my first horse at 9 years old, had to ride bareback because the saddle was too heavy for me to lift up on Trigger’s back. Had him for 10 years. Got my second horse at 23 and had her for 11 years, then was horseless for 20 years.
Gilly was a rescue horse I got 6 years ago. I have only ridden sidesaddle, pretend, as a kid when I just hooked my leg over the saddle horn on a western saddle! It didn’t work too well either! LOL I wouldn’t try it now for nothing because my balance is such that I would probably hit the ground when the horse took one step! But I do ride Gilly bareback sometimes when feeling brave. Here’s are some pix…..