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        02-03-2010, 06:08 PM
    I agree bridless riding is a result of good training. If you can not get your horse to work off your legs and seat with little to no reins then you are not ready. If you can not drop your reins and get the horse to work then again not ready. I personally drop reins a lot when I am working my horses. This is a good way for me to make sure I am out of my horses way. It also helps me concentrate on what I am doing with my seat and legs.
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        02-03-2010, 08:04 PM
    Green Broke
    Teeheehee, I have never actually ridden truely bridless, only with a rope around her neck.... but, it is so fun! Don't worry bout it if it doesnt work the firsttime when you try it, all I did was hop on my horse with a rope around her neck and go, we can do everything we do in a bridle except collect..... but my horse isnt finished her training or anything so sure, I might be 'stealing a ride' but heck, I don't really care, I am having plenty of fun.
    Good luck! I hope it goes well!
        02-04-2010, 01:10 AM
    How would you train a horse to work when you're doing something that requires both hands? For instance mounted archery: there are certainly enough historical examples of cultures where this was a standard tactic, so it must be reasonably possible to do, no?
        02-04-2010, 12:54 PM
    Jamesqf you would do just what has been said, practice leg and seat cues with the bridle until the horse is solid and not requiring you to back them up with the rein. I would gather lightness may not be the goal of all activities that would require losing the reins.

    Remember too that horses are conditioned response animals and they also will learn patterns of behavior that result in the rider 'letting them be.' For example the native American's had to run alongside bison and shot without reins. The horses learned, much like today's cow horses, to stay with the herd on their own.

    Keeping that in mind, the horse may be under a certain amount of control in that one condition, but in another situation there may be no control as the rider is not really in the horses head, they are just running a routine.

    It takes hours of work to gain true bridless control, you have to get into your horses head and be able to stop unwanted actions in the thought and have your horse relying on you for direction

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