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    12-14-2013, 11:30 PM
  #21
Trained
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Originally Posted by amberly    
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?
Yes, pretty much. I'd start in an environment that's 'safe' such as a small arena, so that you can *ask* softly for something & just persist without having to force the horse to do whatever. Then ask with your body/legs/seat and only use the reins to back up requests that are ignored, until you're not needing reins at all.
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    12-15-2013, 06:52 AM
  #22
Foal
Here's me and Spice! I ride her with a neck strap, and basically neck rein. She likes to see my arm move, so even when I'm not using the neckstrap I still use my arn to 'show' her where we are going next. We've ridden a dressage test like this for fun, and did some jumping.
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    12-15-2013, 08:58 AM
  #23
Showing
One can still try bridleless even if the horse is bridled. It doesn't mean you use it but it's there in case. What is interesting about riding bridleless is that the rider's back often softens. I have many times witnessed a rider's back becoming tense as soon as she picks up the reins, yet relax when the reins are taken away.
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    12-15-2013, 08:42 PM
  #24
Yearling
Well you see...I tried it and Sonny bolted on me haha. Got on bareback and bridleless with no reins and tried to just walk and he would have none of that! Haha. Maybe I'll try again another time.
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    12-15-2013, 09:14 PM
  #25
Started
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Originally Posted by ForeverSunRider    
Well you see...I tried it and Sonny bolted on me haha. Got on bareback and bridleless with no reins and tried to just walk and he would have none of that! Haha. Maybe I'll try again another time.
This is why it's best to start with the normal head gear on and try riding without it, using it only for back up when the horse gets confused or isn't sure how to respond. :)
I usually ride my mare with a halter with reins because the cues are more clear for her - less room for confusion than completely bridleless, then on occasion we go without to see where our gaps are :)

Pardon my lack of helmet - it was a phase that's long over!

My Belgian is working his way down from a very severe driving bit he's gone down a few stages in bits, now he's in a halter - we practice bridleless around his field, but we haven't worked up enough to leave the fences.
     
    12-17-2013, 09:16 AM
  #26
Foal
Your's is a wonderful story and it is always good to read how folks exhibit patience when training a horse. Nothing happens overnight and you are obviously good at what you do. Thanks for sharing.


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Originally Posted by mammakatja    
I'm working on our crew. The dark bay I'm riding is my daughter's little horse and this was my first time to take the bridle off of him. He did very well. The chestnut has been my project for about 3 1/2 years now. He was started very badly as a young horse and when I got him at 8-9 years old, he knew absolutely nothing even on the ground, and he was scared to death of the saddle. He bucked as soon as anyone came near him with a saddle and he was super touchy and skittish. We've come a long way and I got him used to tack, cues, getting bumped, poked, pushed, etc. He rides very well. Now I'm slowlly taking the tack back off. We're not actually riding bridleless yet, but he has no problem letting me jump on him and lean back, pulling on his mane, bump into his side if I don't quite make it up the first time, etc. whether he's eating or just standing there. So we're getting there. Just yesterday I rode him bareback and in nothing but a rope halter so our bridelless time is coming.


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    12-17-2013, 04:09 PM
  #27
Trained
Good to see the bare feet SpicedGold!

Punks, your Belgian is gorgeous! You look tiny on him - such a long legged thing! - him that is!

ForeverSun, yes, that's why it's a good idea to get it going well in a safe environment first - if he were in an arena, you can just go with it & keep asking, without... risk to your health
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    12-17-2013, 04:37 PM
  #28
Foal
I love this!!!! I'm a new member and have a blue roan colt, QH. He is fabulous. 2 years old and is very soft already. I can't wait to ride tackless. I grew up on a ranch and when I was little I had to jump off the porch to get on my horse, therefor I always rode bareback. Bareback is my origin! I'm so glad there are other gentle horsemanship people out there that don't have to "wack" their horse for a relationship to build. Ahhh, so relieved!
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    12-17-2013, 07:27 PM
  #29
Foal
All the time! Sadly, I have no pictures of it :(
     
    12-18-2013, 10:13 AM
  #30
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PixeChick    
Your's is a wonderful story and it is always good to read how folks exhibit patience when training a horse. Nothing happens overnight and you are obviously good at what you do. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much PixeChick. :) This horse has a super special place in my heart (He's the horse in my avatar actually). It's been 3 1/2 years and sometimes I think, gosh, this is taking me forever, but I guess we're not in competition with anyone. It wasn't all fairy tales and butterflies. I took a few flying lessons even WITH TACK, LOL!, so he's real, but that's all in the past. I just wonder, if he had been started right from the beginning, where would he be now? He's such a careful and eager to do it right type of personality. It's a shame he fell into rough hands. But like my husband said, had he been started right, he probably wouldn't be with me. He's mine to enjoy now.
     

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