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    12-13-2011, 11:33 AM
Originally Posted by mystykat    
Ah, yes winter weather here in Alberta sucks! I am so happy this year to have an indoor arena to ride in for the first winter ever!!!!!! My horse will actually be fit come spring!
Haha. I'd be happy with an outdoor with a roof on it to keep the snow out. Although this year we haven't gotten any snow yet besides a little here and there.
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    12-14-2011, 01:43 AM
Its merely getting to a level of training in which you don't need a bridle, even if it was on.

I have done some limited bridleless work with Jake. He can walk, trot, turn, stop and back up easily. Anything more than that I doubt I will ever be able to do because of his personality. I've been stuck on his back with him racing around the arena at full speed, a few times while I was experimenting with bridleless, all experiences I never wish to repeat.

After I reconsidered, I started working on cues that needed me to not touch the reins. He is sensitive to my seat and legs already so it was easy to teach turning. I would apply the leg cue, do a very subtle neck rein, and reward for the turn...eventually the rein had less and less movement. Everything was the same pretty much, my whoa is mostly verbal. But I would sit and squeeze my butt cheeks together and say whoa, and he would stop. For Back up, I sit back, squeeze with my knees say 'back' and alternate leg pressure.

For a while I used the rope around the neck technique. It was something different and with less control but gave the general idea. I would have a bridle on and the rope around the neck. The bridle was there in case things got out of hand, but the rope was the main source of cues. I have also found that bridleless is easier bareback, I'm able to send my cues clearer that way.

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