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post #1 of 40 Old 01-02-2008, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Bridleless

This winter i have been working on riding my mare, slipper, bridleless. It is a very hard but very rewarding training process! A few days ago I finally did it, completeing an entire horsemanship pattern bareback and Bridleless. We did a flying lead change, lope circles,extended jog to regular jog, stop and back, pivots that were more like reining spins!! and slipper is only 4!!!! It was an amazing feeling and I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience and how it is going??

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post #2 of 40 Old 01-02-2008, 10:46 AM
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Congrats, that's great:)
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post #3 of 40 Old 01-02-2008, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Sara!! It was rather fun!! lol

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post #4 of 40 Old 01-02-2008, 05:03 PM
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That is awesome! When you say bridleless, do you mean leg and seat control only? Or do you mean in a halter? Either way, very nice, but I have been very impressed when I have seen people riding all over with no head control!
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thanks and by bridleless i mean with out anything on her head and only a lead rope around her neck! I rarley use the lead though and it is mostly leg and seat and voice control.

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post #6 of 40 Old 01-02-2008, 11:47 PM
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WOW!! I am jealous :) I am able to use a halter and also drop my reins completely and use seat for certain maneuvers, but have not been able to go totally brideless yet. It is a dream though :)
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post #7 of 40 Old 01-03-2008, 12:04 AM
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That's fantastic!! Congrats!!

I've had my share of bridleless rides. They are amazing. I love doing simple lead changes bridleless. Canter to the center, stop, pick up the other lead, kind of like serpintines. And it's all bridleless. I love it!
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post #8 of 40 Old 01-03-2008, 12:28 AM
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That's such a great progress
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That's fantastic!! Congrats!!

I've had my share of bridleless rides. They are amazing. I love doing simple lead changes bridleless. Canter to the center, stop, pick up the other lead, kind of like serpintines. And it's all bridleless. I love it!
great job!! I like flying lead changes much better than simples myself though!! Ive done my fair share of simples though too. I won two congress championships with my horse and they included simples!! two other congress championships included flyings, on a 4 YEAR OLD!!!!!

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post #10 of 40 Old 01-03-2008, 01:02 AM
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Yes, it's also a very useful technique in shows. When you can tweak your horse with your feet, you really open a lot of doors.



I enjoy it. The only use I have for the bridle these days is to tweak his headset and do exercises that require him to lean into the bridle a bit. That and bending.
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