I trianed my 7yo mare to be ridden bridleless when she was 5. I rode her occasionally without a bridle and when I rode with a bridle, I used a lot of leg. I sold her in february to a little girl who used no leg whatsoever. She had been ridden like this by the girl for a few months until the owners stopped showing up in October. I rode her in a few weeks ago because I have bought her back. She absolutely ignored my leg and seat. I could've leaned so far back that my head was on her rump and she still wouldn't have stopped. I've been riding her every day since then and she's gotten better, but still almost completely ignores my leg cues.
What are some good tips on bridleless training and riding? I like to ride without any tack on her so she can feel my leg and seat better, but its not working the way it used to. I've worked on her from the ground on moving away from pressure where my legs would be, and its helping. I was thinking about just getting on her without anything on her and try and refresh her memory.
Since I've been working with her again, I've gotten her to remember my seat, and I can stop her nicely. She'll turn slightly with my leg and seat but will ultimately decide where she wants to go; if she loses focus or doesn't wanna go to the rail etc.
Before, I could do dressage tests and jump courses bridleless easily. I even went out into her field once, hopped on, went through the gait and up to the barn and into the arena bridless, without getting a halter or anything.
My reasons for wanting to do this, are:
1. If she listens to my seat and leg well enough without needing the aid of a bridle, then when I ride with a bridle, she'll be a million times better
2. In case I drop the reins on accident
3. It has her listening and focusing on me better
4. ITS AWESOME!!
Any help is greatly appreciated! ;)