Bridleless! :D - Page 9

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

Bridleless! :D

This is a discussion on Bridleless! :D within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

Like Tree50Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Aha...the never use a bit and the never shoe debates. Got to love it. My horse has been shod all his life and he's still sound and showing and he's 17 years old. CORRECT trimming WITH shoeing has not harmed him in the least.

Bits, well the THREE aids for riding are hands, seat and legs. A bit is a tool just as a saddle, a halter, a neck rope, and a hackamore is. Sure you can ride a horse it's whole life without a bit, BUT that horse will not use it's body correctly which leads to unsoundness and body soreness issues. Bits aren't evil and neither are shoes. Let's see you get that horse to round and rate without a bit, run a dressage test, or do a reining pattern etc. People do it all the time, it really IS no big deal. But the horse was trained correctly in a bit to be able to do all those things.

Something that stuck me though....was the comment about riding up to people with a neck rope and watching them freak out. A little bit of ego and bragging here, because I assume you got satisfaction from their reaction? But yep, your horse your way. But scientific evidence has shown that shoes are not evil and neither are bits.
rob likes this.
Sponsored Links
    01-25-2012, 06:58 PM
Super Moderator
Inventory can never be evil. Ignorant people, however, can and often are, even unwillingly. And such people may manage to strangle their horse with a neck rope while having a nice hack in the woods, or create them lameness issues for the rest of their lives just by not paying the appropriate attention to their hooves. But ignorant people do not represent the idea and the possibilities behind a riding style or a piece of inventory, so I really see no use of stating over and over again about how something is bad just because we've found something else to be good and seen some mistakes other folks do. Just my two cents.
    01-25-2012, 10:59 PM
Getting this back on track...

I mostly ride in a rope halter on my mare...she is softer in this than anything else, but I also ride in regular snaffles, and a light curb, and english hack.

And have ridden bridleless a couple of times (reins are on the barrel)...sorry no actual photos of us, since we were alone at those times... :(

To the OP, it's take 2 years to get to this point...don't rush yourself or your horse...if you are patient, and do the training properly, it will happen eventually, but you and your horse have to meld very well, and he has to obey your cues extremely well, or it could end in a catastrophy!!!
whispering willow likes this.
    01-25-2012, 11:56 PM
I can ride bridless/bitless if my horse is in the mood, meaning he's already been worked and is listening very well. If I just grabbed him out of the pasture, and hopped on, it would be a lot of work for me & my legs & seat, I doubt I could warm him up like that. My trainer said maybe this spring or summer we will be ready for bridless riding, she's given me partial lessons with me dropping the reins, lots of work, we had to weave cones. I was sweating more than the horse.
    01-26-2012, 02:34 AM
Super Moderator
Back on track, indeed - I used to ride in a riding school which used to be very traditional - no horse without a bit, that was just normal. But some of the horses used to be also very nervous, high strung, headshy, heavy on the forehand and what not, so the owners of the school eventually switched all the horses to rope halters (with appropriate work, of course) - and, surprisingly or not, even the most unruly horses were now available to be ridden by kids. They all became much calmer, willing and sensitive. So, this is just the experience of approximately 30 horses...

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bridless :D ridergirl23 Horse Training 9 12-28-2009 06:43 PM
Bridless... Wallaby Horse Training 3 11-09-2009 09:31 PM
me riding bridless!! =] bgood400 Horse Videos 12 07-02-2009 04:59 PM
Bridless banjiny16 Horse Tack and Equipment 12 02-24-2009 05:52 AM
my 4 year old & i bridless! imaREINER Horse Videos 2 06-27-2008 12:58 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0