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post #1 of 2 Old 01-07-2013, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Do u think where ready for bridle-less riding in the arena ?

Hi i just rode my horse bridle-less yesterday in the round yard, and he was really good stoping,backing up. doing downward and forwards transitions well.
Do you think he and i could do bridle-less in the arena ? After we start of in the round yard ? I wouldn't go ride in the arena if some one else was riding in there though, because he could react differently. By the way i have practiced riding in a rope halter using only one rein in the arena and he was good.

I made up my mind, and i think that i will only ever ride tackless in an enclosed space, because horses take of often, and i don't want me and him to get hurt.


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post #2 of 2 Old 01-08-2013, 06:18 PM
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I can't view the video because of poor Internet connection, but from what you've said, I'd practice on turning and direction in the round yard before moving into the arena. My gelding still needs a lot of training to go in that respect (in his halter, mind you. In his bridle, his turns are lovely). He will go wherever he pleases unless I have a VERY good grip on the rein and only if we're at a walk. I can ride him down to his pasture, but it's a straight line and he knows the way. In the round pen, though, he turns in circles, always facing the gate, unless I am firm enough with my intentions. I would practice for a few more weeks and then try it out, but if your horse is trustworthy enough, then try it out. But stay at a walk for the first few times, so that you can get the hang of turning in a much larger area without worrying about being taken off with! Be safe, and have fun! Also, remember that anything can go wrong in just a halter. I know it's romantic and cool, but it is still dangerous if your horse bolts a lot or has a tendency to spook. I would not recommend regularly riding in just a halter because of the danger tied to it. Please be careful and responsible, and again, have fun!
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