all of my horses are ride able bareback and bridleless, and I can easily direct them just because we have a bond... it's like a trust thing, along with the bond. Never put your horse in a situation in which you ask them to do something they could get hurt or scared. If you show them that you will never ask them to do something that will injure or scare them, they will trust and bond with you more easily... I also just spend time with them, give treats, petting on them, extra grooming. If they seem truly scared of something instead of just acting up I will comfort them and I will touch it before asking them to go near it. I never pressure them into something... but gradually train them more and more until I am sure that they have the confidence to do what I ask without me having to push them into doing it. I don't know, I think it's just like, the time spent with them, the accomplishments and the failures, and you know... those people that you see sometimes that always blame their horse after a fall, bad show, not placing, etc... they cry and make their parents put the horse away and take care of it because they are mad... they don't have the bonds. I think it has something to do with that through the good and the bad, even when you and the horse know you've screwed up, you still love on them and put them away and realize that everyone makes mistakes. Lol, I just love to get on one of mine and let them go into the pasture with the others and I just ride them down there bareback and brideless, with the others running alongside... feels like flying. =)
Lol i've rambled quite a bit. Whoops. Haha.
To rein a horse is not only to guide him,
but also to control his every movement.