How to get on a Shire bareback without a ladder.
Step 1. Climb on the hay loft.
Step 2. Lower yourself onto giant horse.
Step 3. Success! You are now on your Shire.
And bonus, Reba did not care that she had a person falling from the sky onto her back. Shyloh, on the other hand, saw something suspicious going on and gave a wide eyed stare to the situation.
I got on Shy bareback, too. I couldn't find my taller bucket, so I had to use a shorter one, which caused me to have to jump and swing myself over a it more. I was not sure how Shy would handle it.
Well, she handled it by not even lifting her head from her hay. That actually made it harder for me to get on, since I didn't have her neck to hold on to as much.
But, it made me feel good that after a couple sits like this, Shy could care less that I am on her back. A big difference from the first time when she shot her head up and wouldn't breathe. Now she doesn't even lift her head. And instead of being frozen in place, she moves around a bit like she does when no one is on her back. I can move around and be wiggly with no reaction. Shy even decided to play with a bucket while I was up there. She has this thing when buckets being flipped over. She likes to turn them right side up. We are both getting comfortable with each other.
And I am not sure what this means, but when I sit on her, she yawns and smiles. It's goofy.
Now, if it wasn't so damn bitter cold out, I would want to take her to the round pen to ride! But for now, I'll take sitting bareback because it is super warm.