Not really. When someone asks me to train their horse, the first thing I do it hook reins to their halter and jump on. No saddle. It really helps me understand the horse and how it moves, what cues I should teach the horse and when. It helps me understand the horses mental stability, for example. I worked with an extremely hyper horse about 4 months ago. She was constantly bug-eyed, even standing in her stall. I didn't feel it was safe to start her bareback considering she had never been riddin that way. But after about a week of riding everyday with english I jumped on her bareback. It helped me understand her better. I realize that I couldn't do more then one thing at a time with her like I would have to teach her to stop properly. Without pushing her nose out, then teach her to walk with a head set. She couldn't handel being taught more then one thing at time. But my gelding that I am training, I can teach him 3 or 4 different things at time. See what im getting at.