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post #11 of 16 Old 01-26-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Sigh. Cherie.
I have already done that many times. I've ridden him bridleless multiple times with great results before this one ride where he did this.
TBForever. I'm 110 pounds, I don't think I'm hurting my 17 hand horse. If anything, his withers are hurting me. I don't bounce anyway.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-26-2013, 01:48 PM
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Bareback and bridle-less is not a training technique. It is the end results of good training.

If you are having problems with the tack on then it will be magnified when you take the tack off. If the horse is a lookie-lou then it will only get worse with out tack.

Having a bond while all good and dandy is not a training technique. Go back to the basics and work with the horse. You can start by just dropping reins and working the horse like there is no bridle on. When he messes up you pick up the reins and correct the horse.
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-26-2013, 08:02 PM
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Yoi are practicing bridlless riding with out a bridle? Wouldnt you want to leave a halter on just incase?
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-27-2013, 06:04 PM
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When my little sister was learning how to ride my parents got her a pony. She was a stubborn pony and had a bad habbit of what ur problem is with or without tack. So what I would tell her to do is tap her on the nose when she would do that. And when she didnt give her a treat. It has worked great and now she doesnt do it any longer!:)
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post #15 of 16 Old 02-04-2013, 05:51 PM
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My boy nibbles my toe when he is nervous or confused. It is possible that your horse is confused and trying to ask for clearer directions. Riding without a bridle really limits the "vocabulary" of aides you can use so is is very easy for the horse to feel lost and uncertain of what you want.

Watch when your horse displays this behavior and it will give you a clue how to respond, whether you should slow down and do more reassuring or if a reprimand is really in order.

When my horse persists in nibbling my toe to the point that he can't pay attention to my communications, then I tap my own leg or thigh with my hand or crop rather than directing the energy at him directly. If I tap him directly with either my toe or crop he gets even more nervous making the nibbling even worse. Using reins was ineffective with my boy, I found a rhythmic pressure got my point across much better.
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post #16 of 16 Old 02-04-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks Fargosgirl! :) I'll try it!
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