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post #11 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 09:39 AM
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i can ride scout bareback with no tack, and even jump him and ride him on trails/in fields.

my other 2 are both younger [coming 5 and coming 6] they are both well trained, but because we are working on a lot of dressage and flat work, the reins are necessary. that being said, to slow them down or halt i can do it using just my seat/legs.

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post #12 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 10:42 AM
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Still working on the downward transitions, but otherwise yes, I can ride bridleless.

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post #13 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 10:51 AM
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On Victor, I can still steer, but I can't halt him without reins. In fact, I think I'm going to make that my project this summer... try and get him to respond completely with no reins.

On Norman... well, not so much. He's not even finished out, so I can't do much of anything with him, reins or no.

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post #14 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Delfina View Post
Yes, that's how my horse was trained. Try steering him with the reins and he'll let you know that he is NOT happy with that!

Well-trained though? He's 4, he's well-trained for a 4yr old. So there are days he has his 4yr old moments and there are days you'd never guess he was only 4.

Hunter is the same although he is only 3.
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post #15 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 01:30 PM
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And that's assuming I'm confident enough to ride my horse..? xD

My answer would be no. My gelding is only a greenie and it is impossible to steer him either way. He listens to body ques duing ground work just fine, though. But I would pull every muscle in my leg if I tried to drop the reins. Plus I never ride with a bridle, so I can tug and tug and do nothing more than annoy him. And my mother's horse is to busy being a mare to want to listen. She's a somewhat sweet horse though, just needs a butload of work. xD
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post #16 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 04:50 PM
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My answer would be - to a point.

At the walk and trot, Scout would do fine steering/transitioning without reins. Perhaps not as prettily, as I tend to do a lot of tweaking and refining with the reins, but he's easily controllable. Add canter to the mix, though, and things could get interesting.

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post #17 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 08:53 PM
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In our home (indoor) arena, yes. outside/on a trail/someone else's arena, probably not. She's not very 'precisioned' without reins, but neither is she With reins, so.
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post #18 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 09:43 PM
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Charm does well without reins in the indoor but outside not so much. She has a wonderful stop and turn though when using seat cues don't even need leg cues really you just look and go in the indoor arena. She even backs up in the indoor with your seat. But outdoors is another story. WE haven't had to much time out there due to the weather. Charm was only broke out last september..

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post #19 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 09:46 PM
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Whenever we're walking out after a workout, I drop the reins and we just walk around and turn according to my legs and seat and vary the pace by stilling or following with my seat. It works at the walk, but I have yet to put it to the test at trot or canter.

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post #20 of 22 Old 03-17-2011, 09:56 PM
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On High Five, yes. He's a retired cutting horse. He was basically taught to work completely from leg pressure. Half of the time I ride him my hands are in my pockets or relaxing on the saddle horn. Even on the trail, most of the time he's pretty responsive to leg pressure.

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