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    07-10-2012, 12:28 AM
How Can I Train A Horse To Ride Bitless

Right now I ride my horse with a snaffle, but I want to train her to let me ride her with a bitless bridle, or just a halter. My Quarterhorse allows me to ride her with just a halter, but I bought her like that. I don't like the bit at all, and I feel that it could hurt their mouth, and my horse is annoyed with it. I also want to have the joy of just jumping on her back to go for a bareback stroll without worrying about tacking up.
If I just try this will she understand what I am asking her?
Any ideas?
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    07-10-2012, 12:35 AM
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If she's well trained I'm sure shell under stand what you are asking of you ride in just a halter.

I suggest to just try the horse in a halter and see how it goes. Some listen and some don't, but that's how I found out my mare liked bitless alot better.
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    07-10-2012, 12:54 AM
Make sure she can leg rein so you can at least guide her, left leg turns her left, right leg right, etc. Also when you ask for a whoa or downward transition instead of using your reins use your voice and SEAT, sit deaaaap in the saddle/her back.
How I work them is to just let the reins out longer and longer and I increase my other aids. Eventually I just drop the reins and make sure they do what I ask, before I would ever go halter-less.
My horse Cinna takes a lot of inside leg to keep him on the rail when I go without anything.
    07-10-2012, 10:45 AM
I think it would be safer to work up to that instead of just doing it and hoping for the best. If you have an arena, try riding our horse without using your reins - at least this way if things go poorly you have your reins. You could also try training your horse in a hackamore or bitless bridle since your aim is more for bitless than bridleless.
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    07-10-2012, 10:55 AM
It is not the horse that has to learn to ride bitless - it is you the rider.

The bit is a communication aid and when used firmly, a brake. You must learn to ride without tugging on the mouth.

Are you capable?
    07-10-2012, 10:58 AM
Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
I think it would be safer to work up to that instead of just doing it and hoping for the best. If you have an arena, try riding your horse in a halter there until you are confident in your ability to ride her safely.
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