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    10-22-2009, 02:02 PM
  #1
Foal
Riding bridleless

Hi, I have been fooling around with my horse for very long as I am tired of riding with all that tack! I have spent many days looking around on the internet for websites that will help me train my horse to ride bridleless, I am riding bitless in a western bridle at the moment, I would like to end up with just a neck rope .. Does anyone have any websites/tips that can help me train him for that?

Would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
     
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    10-22-2009, 02:10 PM
  #2
Trained
One of the best trainers on bridleless in my opinion is Stacey Westfall; I would check her out.
     
    10-22-2009, 02:15 PM
  #3
Foal
The most important thing is just to make sure that your horse has a good stop, either vocal or through your seat. If he has a good stop and neck reins the transition to bridleless is really simple. I don't have a neck rope but have slipped my bridle off and held the headstall with one hand and both reins in the other with the reins under his neck. He rides fine like that.
     
    10-22-2009, 02:17 PM
  #4
Banned
Rding brideless can become very uncomfortable. I have gone on rides with a small stiff rope hool a hoop and I got tired of my hand being held against the withers.
Also good horseman ship forces me to get off at the head of the laneway, loosen the saddle and walk the horse in on foot . Leading with a hool a hoop around the neck was uncomfortable again.
It is not a comfortable way to ride but if you want to show off I guess you can figure it out.
I use to get the cows in the back forty, I carried a piece of baler twine in my pockets. The horses stayed with the cows so I just went up to one, slipped the twine around his neck and hoped aboard bareback and drove the cows home. I then slipped the twine and turned him loose once back at the barn.
When I see people riding bareback and bridless I feel they are just fooling themselves , pretending to be one with the horse.
     
    10-22-2009, 02:27 PM
  #5
Weanling
Well what is comfortable to some may be uncomfortable to others but in MY opinion, I would rather ride bareback and bridleless ANY DAY. The first 9 years of my life riding was bareback and bridleless. I don't think it is for "showing off" as some may say. I do feel that I get better responses from the horse being bareback than I do with the saddle. If you have a horse that works off of pressure, cues, and a good whoa, then bareback is the way to go. I don't expect everyone to understand, but for anyone wanting to go this route, I do suggest it, but it isn't for everyone as stated from the post up above.
     
    10-22-2009, 02:32 PM
  #6
Weanling
I don't know how to do bridleless. But I am most deffinately one to go bareback with a rope halter. No saddle to lug around and clean makes for a great day!
     
    10-22-2009, 02:40 PM
  #7
Trained
I ride my horse bridle less a lot ! I just rode him with a halter & rope til it was easy, then just a rope around the neck til it was easy. Then nothing. He is really responsive to my seat & shifting of weight...i think its really fun !
     
    10-22-2009, 02:43 PM
  #8
Yearling
Well, the way I taught my first horse, Leia to do bridless was simple. Every time I rode her, I used a lot of leg and seat. Every time I said 'whoa' I'd lean back, deep into the saddle, over emphasizing so she'd understand faster. Every time I'd turn her, I'd use a lot of leg on one side and stop the pressure as soon as she turned. I practiced for bridless by putting her bridle on, tying the reins so they wouldn't get in the way, and rode bareback for a while. I didn't take the bride off right away, so I had sort of an emergeny stop thing. When she was perfect at the leg and seat and voice commands alone (no reins) I got on her in the arena without anything on her (not even a neck rope) and rode her. I even did a dressage test!
     
    10-22-2009, 02:45 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by RiosDad    
Rding brideless can become very uncomfortable. I have gone on rides with a small stiff rope hool a hoop and I got tired of my hand being held against the withers.
Also good horseman ship forces me to get off at the head of the laneway, loosen the saddle and walk the horse in on foot . Leading with a hool a hoop around the neck was uncomfortable again.
It is not a comfortable way to ride but if you want to show off I guess you can figure it out.
I use to get the cows in the back forty, I carried a piece of baler twine in my pockets. The horses stayed with the cows so I just went up to one, slipped the twine around his neck and hoped aboard bareback and drove the cows home. I then slipped the twine and turned him loose once back at the barn.
When I see people riding bareback and bridless I feel they are just fooling themselves , pretending to be one with the horse.
I find bareback WAY more comfortable for me and my horse. I feel closer and more in contact with him.
     
    10-22-2009, 02:51 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
well, the way I taught my first horse, Leia to do bridless was simple. Every time I rode her, I used a lot of leg and seat. Every time I said 'whoa' I'd lean back, deep into the saddle, over emphasizing so she'd understand faster. Every time I'd turn her, I'd use a lot of leg on one side and stop the pressure as soon as she turned. I practiced for bridless by putting her bridle on, tying the reins so they wouldn't get in the way, and rode bareback for a while. I didn't take the bride off right away, so I had sort of an emergeny stop thing. When she was perfect at the leg and seat and voice commands alone (no reins) I got on her in the arena without anything on her (not even a neck rope) and rode her. I even did a dressage test!

Thank you! I am going to try this next time I go see my boy.
     

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