i love to ride bridless with my horse, i dont get to as much as i would like because it isnt very good manners to ride like that when other people are in the arena (blah! they dont think i have as good control over my horse!! which i do, theyre just paranoid, lol) but i love it, i am trying to collect my horse and practice that right now,she doesnt really understand the 'half halt' part of it! haha
but i did groundwork with just the rope around her neck before i got on...well, the very first time i just hopped on, haha im a little reckless. but to make it sold i practiced with her on the ground. my friend who is a little more cautious then me rode with a saddle first, just to help her keep her seat (she needs to ride bareback a little more!!) but i is very exciting! i have actually tryed an extended trot(not as good as with saddle and bridle) haha but it was quite bouncy! but fun. good luck!
If there are no horses in heaven... im not going.