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        10-22-2009, 02:51 PM
      #11
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by jemulchia    
    I find bareback WAY more comfortable for me and my horse. I feel closer and more in contact with him.
    I don't like the wet feeling between my legs and if you want to travel at a nice working trot for an extended time good luck.
    I had the girls steal my head stall and then canter off. It was no big deal to lope off after them and when they saw I had really no problem without anything on the horse they gave it back. It was a relief to feel the reins once again in my hands.
    I have loped circles in the arena at times but with a blanket between me and the horse to prevent this wet feeling and it was fun but not something I would want to do for hours on end.
         
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        10-22-2009, 03:01 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    I don't like the wet feeling between my legs and if you want to travel at a nice working trot for an extended time good luck.
    I had the girls steal my head stall and then canter off. It was no big deal to lope off after them and when they saw I had really no problem without anything on the horse they gave it back. It was a relief to feel the reins once again in my hands.
    I have loped circles in the arena at times but with a blanket between me and the horse to prevent this wet feeling and it was fun but not something I would want to do for hours on end.

    I ride bareback all the time, I find trotting easy because my horse has a very light bouncy nice trot. I guess it all depends, after all you are a man and I am a girl. :P
         
        10-22-2009, 04:08 PM
      #13
    Trained
    The saddle isn't only there to stop you from falling off. It also helps distribute your wieght across the horses back. As far as bridleless goes, you should have absolute perfect control of your horse at all gaits before you think about going bridleless. When proffesional horsemen do it they are showing you that their horses are really broke. They didn't get that broke by being ridden bridleless. They are ridden bridleless because they are that broke.
         
        10-22-2009, 04:29 PM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    The saddle isn't only there to stop you from falling off. It also helps distribute your wieght across the horses back. As far as bridleless goes, you should have absolute perfect control of your horse at all gaits before you think about going bridleless. When proffesional horsemen do it they are showing you that their horses are really broke. They didn't get that broke by being ridden bridleless. They are ridden bridleless because they are that broke.
    On the saddle part, I've ridden bareback for years, and haven't had horses get sore from it; I geuss it depends on your seat, and comfort level, whether you do it or not. A person can sore a horse by riding improperly in a saddle too. And certainly a person who slides around alot bareback can do the same thing.

    I definitely second this; I've trained horses to ride brideless, but it is a PROCESS, not simply something you just decide to DO one day! Your horse should respond to your seat, and leg cues perfectly before you attempt to 'forget' about the bridle. And you'll want to practice riding bridleless before taking the bridle off, as was suggested above, by simply having it on, but not using it unless absolutely necessary.
         
        10-22-2009, 04:42 PM
      #15
    Trained
    I ride with either drop reins or bridleless quite a bit. Good way to work and stay out of your horses way.

    If your horse is well trained and works off your legs and seat dropping reins or bridleless is quite easy.

    Like has already been mentioned Stacy Westfall bridleless video is quite good to showing you the cues and how to train them if your horse has not already been trained to work that way.
         
        10-22-2009, 05:42 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I'd love to ride bareback and bridleless, but because I don't own my own horse the best I can do is bareback every once in a while. Good luck to you at training your horse!
         
        11-12-2009, 09:48 PM
      #17
    Showing
    Stacey Westfall is amazing. Here's a video of her bareback and bridleless Freestyle Reining ride in '06. It's amazing....she flat-out gallops and halts in less than a second, bareback and bridleless! She's my idol

    YouTube - Stacy Westfall Congress Freestyle 06
         
        11-12-2009, 09:56 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I ride my horse with a halter and lead rope only. He's wonderful like that and I also want to eventually try riding him with just a rope around his neck. I think that would be really fun and interesting
         
        11-12-2009, 10:03 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I love to ride bridless with my horse, I don't 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 don't 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!
         
        11-13-2009, 07:42 AM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
    i love to ride bridless with my horse, I don't 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 don't 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!
    Your fooling yourself if you think that is what riding bridles is about. As Kevin put it earlier "you are only stealing a ride".
         

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