Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
For me, it's not about the whole "OMG, it's such a wunnerful feeelin" to be able to ride tackless. I consider it a point of pride that my horses have the quality of training to allow me to do that.
For someone who truly "gets" it, it's not about showing off to your friends, it's not about bragging to anyone who will listen about how you can ride tackless, it is about knowing in your own mind that you have put the best training you can on a horse and he respects you enough and you trust him enough to drop bridle and ride off, or walk out into the pasture with nothing but a string, jump on, and ride him back to the barn.
I rarely ride tackless because I never truly have a reason to, but it is nice to know that if I walk 1/4 mile out into the pasture to visit with the horses and then suddenly decide that I want a ride back to the barn instead of having to walk but don't have a halter or bridle, I can and I don't have to worry about a runaway or getting bucked off because my horses are well trained.
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/