I went to a little NH meet up. Some people were doing liberty work in the arena. Their horses did some pretty neat stuff -- Backed, sidepassed, lounged a circle around them -- without any tack.
It was kind of cool. How does one train their horse to do basic liberty? To follow at a walk and trot, to send over obstacles (e.g tarps, tiny jumps, bridges) and join back up at your side after afterwards?
I've always wondered how people went about this... It's been shrouded in mystery. My non-NH friends think there is some kind of magic at work, but the people at the meet up assured me it isn't magic. Just training.