01-02-2013, 11:04 AM
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Bridleless is a lot of fun... i've found that two exercises help move the process along.. The cruising lesson- which, you can just cruise around on your horse usually at a trot of canter, but you can do it at a walk... so just go ahead and pick a gait you want and just let her cruise around, try to use little cues as possible, preferably no cuing, and when your ready to stop go ahead and set back in your seat and count to three, not cuing with reins at all, if your horse hasn't stopped go ahead and do a one rein stop (flex to both sides) and just continue to do this everyday and your horse will start to understand that when you sit deep and your seat he should stop...
The second lesson is follow the fence. Start by moving your horse up to the fence.. go ahead and pick a gait, and just move along the fence, if your horse starts to veer off use your leg and if needed, a little rein to move him over to the fence, if he speeds up one rein stop him into the fence.
I've found these exercises to help a lot with going bridleless with my mare and my gelding.
Have fun and be safe! Hope this was helpful.