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post #21 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77 View Post

I totally agree, that is one reason why I started doing it. You find your "holes" pretty fast!

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yep you do! You realize how much your hands can help OR hinder you!
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post #22 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 11:28 AM
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Great pics GottaDunQH *and welcome to HF, glad to have you here* Thanks for sharing, and making a point about how much our hands have become a "hinderance".

Riding should be Seat into Legs into Hands - but soooooo many ride Hands first and then the rest might come after. I think the bridleless riding is a fabulous idea, and a great tool to show many riders who reliant they have become on their hands, when they should be looking for and relying on their seat and their legs.

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post #23 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 11:29 AM
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i have put on some cutting horse clinics with nothing on their head,mainly to show people that you communicate more with your body language and your legs,instead of your hands.
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^^ That's great!

I was able to audit a David O'Connor Clinic eons ago, where he got on one of the riders horses. On a loose rein, he was able to control the horses speed all through his seat and legs It was a great eye opener.

He was able to bring the horse from a hand gallop, to a canter. From a canter to a trot and so on and so on.

Seat into Legs into Hands.

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mie,i am glad you understand the difference between sitting and riding.and some people have been riding for years.but take some of their reins away and they are lost. keep in touch
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post #26 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 11:58 AM
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I hack out in a basic rope halter(no nose band knots) and my horse is fine, in fact I started him and haven't bothered to put a bit in his mouth yet since he is so responsive to the halter. Of course when I start wanting more refinement from him he will have to go into a bridle. Last summer I finally took the halter off too and rode in my round pen, then in the arena. It was a great feeling because in the beginning I had so many trust issues with this horse and now we have established such good communication I don't need reins.
I am in the Parelli program and one of the things I've learned from it is not HOW to ride bridleless, but instead WHEN it is safe to do so.
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post #27 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 12:11 PM
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thats great,and your right,the trust has to be there.a horse can sense when your nervous,and it usually makes him all my clinics and lessons i use the phrase,climb on with confidence,not with arrogance
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post #28 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 12:33 PM
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Not something I'd do on a trail ride. I won't ride in a knotted halter. My concern is if there is any pulling on the rope, the knots will deaden the nerves as there is little muscle and no fat. At first I tho't knotted halters were great but not so sure any more. We used to find knotless rope halters worked quite well with no risk of nerve damage.
That's a good perspective.. I'll seek one out!

I'm really interested in riding without hand. I used to ride without hand but then my horse never stayed on the rail. But I really want to try with a halter and then one day without anything. Or maybe I'll ride without anything once a week w/t and see how we do. Just have to be careful because the boarders love to leave all the gates open.. even if you close them, they open them again :/

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post #29 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 01:02 PM
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well sky,when you ride without a bridle or with one,you and your horse has to respond to leg pressure commands.thats how you guide him.
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post #30 of 85 Old 01-13-2012, 02:27 PM
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Bridle-less/tack-less & Parelli

Hello :)

Parelli is a good place to start, I do not agree with all of their methods but some of them are great.

I would recommend reading Dancing With Horses and The Horse Seeks Me, its all great information and training for both the horse and rider.

On bridle-less riding and tackless riding. Yes anyone can do it on a well trained horse. But you should be able to do it through trust (In the horse and the horse's trust in you) without or with very little training.

I ride my four year old paint tackless and she has only been ridden a dozen times.

Yes training is great and very useful but you also need the right relationship with the horse.

If your afraid your horse will run off, what does it matter? Its a 1000lbs animal if they want to run off they will do it with tack or without. And there is nothing you can do about it except going with them.

Just my two cents.
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