That used to be the way I would ride most of the time. If I felt like riding, I'd snap a lead rope on one side, tie it on the other, and hop on. I could gallop with one of my horses with not even a halter or a pad. He was a great horse. Posted via Mobile Device
I sometimes ride in a flat halter when I'm lazy. Just snip the lead rope on either side and ride like a normal bridle. You don't have much stop and it's very easy to brace against, so I would only ride like that on a horse I was confident would stop in it. You turning also isn't as great as in a normal bridle, but depends heavily on the horse what kind of response you'll get.
I regularly ride in a rope halter. A slightly different beast. You don't ride a rope halter like you ride in a bit. If you know how to ride in one, most horses are pretty responsive. A rope halter is "harsher" than a flat halter.
Yeah I ride in halters all the time! Especially when I'm just messing around.
Actually, when I only have a short time to ride, I just bring a rope and string it around his neck and ride bridleless (a long-sleeved shirt works too! Haha!) Since he's trained to neck rein, it's not much different. We can w/t/c like that. I did breeze him once like that but I had a hard time slowing him down so I only do that when I'm feeling a bit stupid
My Arabian actually is better in just a halter and lead rope we used to jump 3 ft with just a halter and lead rope bareback. I miss it he's 25 now and was hurt over the summer he's just getting back into work, but I don't think I will ever get the chance to jump him bareback again with just the halter and lead rope. When I go down to the field to get him I always ride him back halter and lead though.
I often get very lazy. I like to utilize all tools available to me for my horses but sometimes I just get on in the halter and play. Selena in particular responds very well to one, but she is also a reiner that can go completely bridleless too.
I ride in a rope halter often, my horse also does well in a mechanical hackamore, a sidepull, a cordeo or completely tackless, and we are currently doing a little of bitted training, just for the sake of skills. He was backed in a halter at the age of 4 and has always done great in it, as well as many, many other horses I know who have been started the same way. I love the feeling when you know you don't need any tack and can trust your horse the way he is. :)