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    05-26-2012, 01:05 AM
Bridle less

So here is some background information.

I have an OTTB that I got about 2.5 years ago. I was planning to just ride him for fun and what not. We never got super far into training but I trust him with my life and I was able to walk, trot, canter and gallop him and jump little things. May not of been the prettiest but none the less was able to do it. He knows how to lunge well and has been desentize and etc.

Well earlier this year I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease , spinal stenosis, and scoliosis. My L5-S1 disc is already completely gone at the age of 18, which always caused my back to ache and hurt with physical activity. Therefore riding cause flare ups of pain. As of now i'm not allowed to ride a lot due to it jarring up my back. SO I have been trying to find new things to do with Hero. But really there is no more. I take him back on trails a lot, lunge him, work on his ground manners and etc.

So I'm able to ride him at a walk so I was thinking instead of letting him go to "waste" that I want to teach him bitless riding. Me and my horse have a very close bond. Myself and others consider him as a one person horse which will be me.

But my question is when training bridle less riding do you choose cues you want to use and just be constant with those cues and Hero will catch on?
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    05-26-2012, 01:08 AM
Can you ride him with a halter?

I'd start there, and then really fine tune my vocal and body cues until I feel ready to ride with just a rope around his neck.

Good luck :)
    05-26-2012, 01:10 AM
Yes yes he used to usually ride in a halter and was fine with it. He is a rather laid back horse.
    05-26-2012, 01:12 AM
Well then riding with just a neck rope shouldn't be much of a problem for him :)

Although, I'd try it in a pen of some sort first, just in case it doesn't work :P You can always keep the halter and reins on as a backup, just use the neckrope.
    05-26-2012, 11:10 AM
If you get him to move off of leg commands and listen to your seat it should be fairly easy knowing the bond you have. Just start with first applying leg pressure, wait a few seconds then pick up a rein and ask him to move. Good luck with him. ;)
    05-26-2012, 01:56 PM
I know stacy westfall has a dvd on bridleless riding. In a nutshell what she does is gets a really solid stop and then uses a foot tap or other signal to be a cue for that stop. She sort of bridges the tap to the stop, then the tap starts to mean slowdown/stop. If you are interested in it the DVD is interesting and worth the money. I have not trained my horse this way but I did like what she suggested for getting a solid stop.
    05-26-2012, 03:46 PM
Really work on him moving off leg pressure, so you can steer him, and make sure you can stop him easily before you try going faster. You might want someone with you the first time you try it(just in case your horse takes off, not that I think he would)
    05-26-2012, 09:41 PM
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Hi Hero,
I also am battling degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, severe scoliosis and some spinal stenosis. I can also only ride a little and only at a walk.

This condition is very inherited as I have 2 younger half-brothers that have had several spinal fusions (one had his 4th last week) and my youngest half-brother has also had 2 back surgeries.

I am sure you have heard all of the warnings of total paralysis from the waist down (why my brother had surgery again last week) and what the results of the concussion of riding can do -- it can put you in a wheelchair permanently.

I think you are risking way too much to even consider riding without the necessary tools to maintain very strict control. I am extremely careful what horses I will get on and would not even consider getting on one without a bridle. With age comes wisdom, and I consider it very unwise to ride without all of the control that is possible. My Rheumatologist, tells me I am nuts to get on one at all.
JMHO. Cherie
    05-28-2012, 10:55 AM
Wow actually my orthropedic surgeon has not mention anything about paralysis from the waste down. He tends to act like its not a bug deal!

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