That's very nice to see people get creative in a positive way when it comes to training your horses! I like cordeo a lot and use it quite frequently, both when riding and with an attached rope from the ground - was inspired to do so by the work of Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, who has been using a cordeo with a rope in groundwork for years!
I like the cordeo as a nice tool for refinement before switching to working at complete liberty from the ground and riding completely tackless - it sure is a good checkpoint to see, whether you really lead your horse with your body language, and if you really ride just from your seat and legs. That's why it is meant just to lie freely on the horses neck, and to be used just as a light signal, definitely not to be pressed for prolonged periods against horses' neck or to be used for balancing yourself (if used as a training aid, not just a neckstrap for safety).
Would you, please, share, why did you find adding reins useful? I don't really see how can they help in tackless riding, as well as strapping the cordeo to the saddle. The pressure from the cordeo works very different, if compared to how pressure from the reins works on a bit or a bitless bridle.
And your horse is stunning. Loved watching your video, although he seems to have quite a dominant attitude at times. Him being a stud, it is understandable, just be careful, especially, when you ask him to rear. I noticed that you take a step back when doing it, and that can become dangerous quickly, as the horse can learn VERY fast that rearing can be a way to back up the human.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
Last edited by Saranda; 07-08-2013 at 03:51 PM.