Originally Posted by TheAQHAGirl
It kinda is. I have actually heard of people riding bridleless their first ride. However when there are symptoms there are causes. Of course, the horse was green so the horse was obviously going to something. But it was kinda odd that the horse wasn't going forward with the halter on. I for one would have have something differently, but still whatever floats your boat.
Some people start a horse in a bit an others bosals an others rope halters. From what I know my horse was started with 7 rides on a rope halter and when I got her I used a bosal for a while (40ish days I think?...can't remember). Now she is 3 and in a bit. I still ride sometimes in a rope halter, heck I rode her bridleless the other day.
Anyways I can see where your getting at.
Not sure why anyone would want to purposely ride bridleless their first ride and I wouldn't recommend it, but to each their own.
I can see what Pegasus was getting at or at least what the clinician was trying to instill into his apprentice. Leave those colts heads alone their first ride.
When I say I start my colts in a halter, it is literally the first couple of rides when all I am doing is being a monkey on their back. I don't fuss with their face, all that halter is there for is to keep from a wreck happening. Then after a ride or two they move to a snaffle.
Back in the day when my hubby was working at a feedlot. The boss would turn about 10 colts out in a big pen, each pen rider would pick a colt, halter it(if it was halter broke) manage to get it saddled and everyone climbed on. The boss would flag them around the pen horseback(they called it "Ray Hunt-ing"..haha) They were not allowed to mess with the halter. Boss would yell "sit down" and he would turn all them colts back on the fence. Of course you change directions that fast on a colt like that and they usually go to bucking...LOL. But it wasn't long and they were paying attention to the body language rather than waiting to get swatted with a flag. Made it pretty easy once you started using a snaffle. You started the basis for seat, leg then hand.
Doesn't make any difference what head gear you use really, I just do very little ground work so what they are used to is a halter. If I start them in a snaffle I do a little ground work with the snaffle. Just as long as have a basic understanding so I can keep things some what controlled if need be. That's why I think going without a snaffle/halter whatever could be a wreck.