Native Americans were skilled riders. They rarely had any saddles and other tack and rode bareback or with just a pad and not with any fancy bits or bridles. Of necessity they developed excellent balance and could ride a galloping horse with ease.
This painting by Quincy Tahoma has an energy that comes right off the canvas. The horses are small and look like they are tough and full of spirit. Their riders appear young but are certainly skilled riders that are completely at home on their horses.
Quincy Tahoma ( 1921-1956)was a Navajo artist and a leading artist of his day. Sadly he died young as a result of alcoholism.