I got a silly notion in my head that I could ride Vida in a rope halter.
She hadn't been ridden all week (mine and the weathers fault). She has been doing really well with the neck reining and leg cues so I haven't had to use the bit much anyway. We headed out on our home trails this morning. She did great for the first 3 miles or so. Then I got her up to a fast gait, turned her onto a trail that lead back to the beginning. She turned into a run away horse I tried everything in my bag of tricks to get her to slow down or stop but noooo she just kept building steam. Finally I could get enough leverage to do a one rein stop (not fun at a full blown gallop) plus find a spot that was on a straight trail with a soft looking landing
I will note that I did take my heastall and bit with me, thank God! I jumped off slipped the bit in and finished our ride with no more problems.
My question is, how do people ride in just halters or bitless? Are they just riding around a pasture or arena not out on miles of trails? I noticed there is pretty much little to no control of the horses head. Stopping in general was difficult. Doing a one rein stop which to me is a 'everyone needs to be able to do this' thing, was almost impossible. I have a bitless bridle I have been wanting to try but Vida has had an ear infection so getting it on her would be a challenge. Now I'm even sceptical about it. I've been riding Vida at least 3-4 times a week weather permitting for 3 years, its the first time I felt like she was completely out of control.
My husband says I was just being stupid is he right or am I doing the bitless thing wrong?