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    12-05-2013, 10:56 PM
  #11
Trained
OMG Punks, that pic certainly shows your horse in... prime condition!
     
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    12-05-2013, 11:02 PM
  #12
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OMG Punks, that pic certainly shows your horse in... prime condition!
HAHA A little Fat isn't she?! LOL you remember our story from the very beginning, every so often I think back to all our trouble. I couldn't even walk her out of her paddock!! Now we're going on tackless rides and trail rides and having a blast together. We aren't terribly skilled at what we do yet xD but we're getting there ^^

Your horse is just lovely! I can't wait to see full pics xD
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    12-06-2013, 02:17 PM
  #13
Weanling
Last night at ponyclub after the lesson while the rest of the riders were racing their horses around en masse, I stripped Shakira and did a short demo ride tackless for the instructors and parents. We did figure of eights and reinbacks so I am very proud of her listening despite the... distracting circumstances.
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    12-06-2013, 05:41 PM
  #14
Foal
extreme trail riding

Here is Dodger and I last week at Brown County state park doing some bridleless trail riding. He loves the trails! Love seeing everyone else having fun with tackless riding too!
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    12-06-2013, 05:49 PM
  #15
Started
I haven't done it yet - but I am slowly getting there! I have gotten Brisco off the bit and he actually performs better without a bit in, which I like because I like to ride then in a halter.
My horse can neck rein and we do ride bareback most of the time - jumping, barrels, all speeds, etc. And in the halter he can neck rein pretty good.

I have one question though - when he has nothing in his face, how do you tell him to stop or slow down or if he isn't too great with neck reining, then turning?
I know you should probably have a trusting bond with your horse, but how do your guys's horses do with it?

My horse does pretty good, but he still needs pressure applied to his face or mouth so he knows when to stop and back.
I have tried doing it with just body language and body language and pressure, so do I just keep working until he needs less and less pressure till he doesn't need any at all?
     
    12-06-2013, 05:54 PM
  #16
Started
I ride all my horses bareback and bridless. I'll have to try to get some pictures tomorrow!
     
    12-06-2013, 06:18 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Punks-As someone who has ridden for the past fourteen years, I know better than to "just pull off" any piece of equipment, and call it good. >.> I'm not that stupid.

Besides! I'm currently crippled from my accident and probably won't be riding for the next three months anyway ;)
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    12-07-2013, 02:08 AM
  #18
Weanling
Amberly- I ride with a piece of string around Shakiras neck. These are the aids I use

Halt-I sigh, relaxing my muscles and letting out all my breath. Usually this is enough to stop her, but if not I lift my string up so it makes contact with the base of her neck. Once she has halted I slacken the string and stroke up her neck.

Rein back-I rock back, tensing my upper thighs. Again, often she will back just off that but if not I lift my string to press againest the base of my neck.

Turn-When I am riding straight ahead my hands rest lightly on the top of her neck, my eyes, shoulders hips and toes point straight ahead. When I turn left my eyes shoulders hips and toes point left and my left hand moves a few inches off her neck towards the direction of the turn. My right leg slips back an inch or so to control her quarters. Reverse for the other direction. As a last if-is-ignoring-me resort my outside hand moves aginest the side of her neck and she neck reins away from the string. So neck reining is not essential if your horse listens to the eariler aids. (shakira doesnt actually neck rein off a bridle so who knows what happened there.)

Personally I think the important things to do to teach your horse to ride bridless is to a spend alot of time leading your horse around of a neckstring so they become acustomed to listening to it and to do heaps of riding on a slack rein. Like hours and hours.

I hope these aids can be helpful in teaching your horse to ride bridless.
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    12-07-2013, 12:58 PM
  #19
Weanling
Here is DH playing around on his arab gelding. They both enjoyed, it was obvious.

I'm just starting to go bareback once in a while, with just a rope clipped on the halter. It's fun.
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    12-14-2013, 07:47 PM
  #20
Foal
Read Sally swifts books on Centered Riding. There are books 1 and 2. If you are a bit of an experienced rider book 2 will be good for you to read. They are great books and explain so much about using your body to communicate with your horse.
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