Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Canadensis, Pennsylvania
Okay, this is how I was able to ride my horse bridleless.
1- get her responsive to my leg. When I would touch the left rein, my right leg would come into contact with her and vice versa.
2- When coming down from a trot to a walk, I would sit deep in my saddle, with my shoulders just a smidge behind my hips while pulling gently on the reins. Eventually she learned my sitting deeper meant "slow down"
3- Then we worked on neck reining. I got on her bareback, with nothing but a leadrope tied around her neck. I would ask her to turn with my legs while applying light pressure with the rope.
When I wanted to slow down, I would just sit deeper into her and she'd slow down.
After two months of random practice we can do our xcountry, trails, ring work all bareback and bridleless
I have a super responsive and calm horse.
All you need is to be consistent, and someone there nagging you to do it.
Lessons would be SUPER helpful
I live to ride and I ride to live
Horses are just angels without wings
11/01/09 <3 my horse left hoof prints on my heart