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post #1 of 9 Old 10-16-2013, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Riding bridleless

What should your horse know/be proficient at before you start working on riding bridle-less? How do you get them to that point? (This has always been a dream of mine, to be able to effectively ride my horse without anything.)
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-16-2013, 11:21 PM
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Your horse needs to understand how to stop, turn, speed up, work off seat and legs. Your horse also needs to go off voice as well.
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Before riding bridleless you can practice by placing a neck rope on the horse and tying your reins in front of you where you can still reach them if you need too.

Ideally you need a horse who can stop, back and turn off of weight/seat/leg aids.
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All of that^.
I would for sure make sure you both have a rock solid "whoa" prior to doing any kind of bridless - I decided one day to try riding my mare in my 'riding area' [aka the flattest part of her pasture] with a neck rope instead of a bridle.
All was going great - she was stopping perfectly, turning on a dime, it was just like she was wearing 'more' than nothing...until I accidentally dropped one side of the neck rope [I hadn't tied the ends together]. Turned out that she indeed has turning down like a pro, and will even slow from a trot to walk bridle/neckrope-less...but she really doesn't understand walk to whoa without some kind of non-seat control [always been a sticking point, she has more go than whoa! haha].
Luckily she's a sweetie pie and just walked around slowly - until I managed to acrobat myself around her neck, get that neck rope re-situated, and get her stopped.
But if she were more inclined towards mischief...yeah, I'd probably be dead.
And she's 29 in February. Of course, she's only been really 'broke' for 4-ish years - with limited 'arena' work..but still. If a nearly 29 year old horse can out-sass her rider...

So make sure that whoa works!

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-23-2013, 02:44 PM
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Well, when I got my horse, she was already trained in lots of things. Just to make sure she was trained well enough we rode her with her hackamore and saddle blanket, the next time with just the hackamore, and then the next time transitioning into nothing
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-23-2013, 03:15 PM
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Well..... I think.... Stopping... Is paramount.
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As its been said, being able to stop would be first and most important. But, every thing you can do with your reins you should be able to do without them before you drop the bridle.

When I trained my horse to ride without a bridle it was interesting she was very reluctant to move out like she would when I had a bridle on her. it was like some horses get to the point that they use the arena fence for security. Just be ready for your horse to feel different without the bridle.
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Yeah not only knowing how to respond to everything you ask for with the reins but being *reliable* about responding to your seat/legs. Then I'd start off in a yard/small arena.
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