I've never ridden in a double bridle before. My instructor said she wants me to start learning how. I've been making up excuses not to because I'm nervous about riding in a double. We don't have a school master for me to ride, no "been there done that" horse available. This would be on my mare, that I've trained (with my trainers instruction).
Disclaimer: We're training Third. My trainers idea is that if I start learning how to ride in a double now, then by the time my horse is schooling Fourth, I'll be skilled enough to ride her confidently in a double. I would only ride in it with my trainers direct supervision. Also, it's not to "train" the horse, but for me to learn how to use it correctly. I doubt we'd use it very much since my trainer hardly ever rides in one except right before a show.
I wondered if others could share their experiences with their first experiences riding in a double? How/when did you start? What problems did you run into? What went through your mind the first time? How long did it take to get comfortable riding with one?
Or any other anecdotes you'd like to share.