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post #11 of 22 Old 03-18-2009, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome pictures cloudsmistique!!!! You have beautiful horses, don't look at me if they arnt there in the morning awesome work, they look like their having a blast and so do you!!

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post #12 of 22 Old 03-18-2009, 10:37 PM
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The way I want to ride bridless is to eventually just LOOK and my horse goes that direction. I don't even have to use my legs. That's how my appy was. He felt my focus change and would change his direction immediately. But if the horse doesn't go just off focus, yes, he needs to go off seat and leg, but I'm saying that even without reins some riders still micromanage with their legs. Unless I'm asking for an upward transition (IF the horse doesn't go just off my energy, no leg) or asking for a yield I don't use my legs at all.
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post #13 of 22 Old 03-19-2009, 03:20 AM
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Awesome pictures cloudsmistique!!!! You have beautiful horses, don't look at me if they arnt there in the morning awesome work, they look like their having a blast and so do you!!


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post #14 of 22 Old 03-19-2009, 06:34 PM
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But spirirt, what if something catches your attention, you look, and your horse goes somehwere you don't want him to??

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I won't ride bridless until I know for absolute certain that my horse WILL respond to me. No matter what. That's setting things up for success and making sure my foundation is solid. If at any time while I'm riding WITH a bridle/halter and I HAVE to use my reins, I know I'm not ready to ride bridless. It's when I never use my reins that I know I'm ready (this does not include asking a horse for flexion, etc where a bridle is necessary). I might have a string around his neck, or carry a stick with me to reinforce things if I HAVE to, but by that point I shouldn't have to.
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I'm sorry, I don't think I asked right... I meant that you were saying you want your horse to go where you look. But that restricts you as a rider to only looking where you are wanting to go. What if you look somehwere just to see something, but your horse takes it as a cue and heads of in that direction?

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When I look in a certain direction and I want my horse to turn I also turn my belly button and the same time, which also turns my shoulders. This is more clear and focused than me just looking at something randomly. It's amazing how horses can feel subtle things.
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The way I want to ride bridless is to eventually just LOOK and my horse goes that direction. I don't even have to use my legs. That's how my appy was. He felt my focus change and would change his direction immediately. But if the horse doesn't go just off focus, yes, he needs to go off seat and leg, but I'm saying that even without reins some riders still micromanage with their legs. Unless I'm asking for an upward transition (IF the horse doesn't go just off my energy, no leg) or asking for a yield I don't use my legs at all.
Your head weighs a lot compared to the rest of your body parts. When you move your head, your weight shifts to that side, so your horse is listening to your weight shifting and subtle muscle movements associated with such movement.


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post #19 of 22 Old 03-20-2009, 12:32 AM
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I agree with that.

However it still seems to me like a somewhat... easily influenced method of doing it. I'm sure if somethign startled you, or a noise was made, you would turn your whole upperbody to look... I guess for me that idea is a good one in theory, but a bit ultra-refined in practice.

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post #20 of 22 Old 03-20-2009, 11:26 AM
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I just know that it worked with my appy. And I'm starting to feel it work with my warmblood, although we aren't ready to go bridless yet.
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