Originally Posted by ApolloRider
My confidence is huge now! I wonder why everyone thought I was so weird for wanting to do it that way!
Welcome to horse forum!
I have a soon to be 11yr. Mare, I got her at 3yr. Old with 30 days of riding on her, she was trained with a bite. In the last 8yrs. I have never used a bit on her, for the first 3yrs. I rode her with a rope halter and then got a biteless bridle, I still ride sometimes in the halter too........get a good bond with her, do alot of ground work with your horse to gain your trust and respect.....I've never had my mare bolt/rear/buck since I've had her, I sometimes just have to talk to her and she listens really well.....good luck, I love biteless! Especially out trail riding, I don't have to worry about a halter or lead, I have rope reins and when we stop for lunch I tether her with one front leg while we eat......