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        04-21-2009, 04:41 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Baby steps.
    I find tackless riding fasinating! Good luck!
         
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        04-21-2009, 11:19 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I put a solid rubber bit in my TB's mouth for a while. I would use my legs for direction, pull a rein, and put pressure with my fingers on the other side of his neck. Wasn't long before he took my command without bridle/bit, just pressure of my fingers. He took to it really fast, though, I would only do it in the arena to teach him how to listen to my commands. He was a spooker on the trail and I needed that bit. Lol
         
        05-27-2009, 09:56 AM
      #13
    Foal
    I have been riding in a halter (not holding on) for a while but I found I was too impatient and if he didnt respond to my legs id just pick up the rope and turn him. I figured that if I didnt have anything to turn him with, I wouldnt be tempted so today after some parelli ground work, I hoped on with just a rope around his neck in case he got spooky and started riding around. I found he responded a lot better to my weight than my legs (which I had originally thought was the key).
         
        05-27-2009, 01:01 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I can't wait until my gelding is ready for that!!!!!
         
        05-27-2009, 05:38 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Ok thanks!
         
        06-03-2009, 10:14 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Best video ever to learn this is Stacey Westfall's Riding Bridleless How Does She Do That? It's A LOT of info comming really quick. Just ignore the parts about sliding stops and rollbacks, unless you wanna be a reiner :)
         
        06-03-2009, 10:38 PM
      #17
    Trained
    You don't have to be a reiner to do sliding stops and rollbacks, they are good things to teach your horse generally :] The more your horse knows the better.
         
        06-10-2009, 07:10 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I mean ignore them for now. I wouldn't try to train your horse to do sliding stops/rollbacks/spins right now until you've mastered basic bridleless riding.
         
        06-18-2009, 02:39 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Just do more and more with your body and less messing with his head/mouth with your hands. Make sure to look where you want to go and have your body follow. Most of all be consistent with your cues! Every time you want to turn left it should feel the same to your horse and every time you want to stop it should feel the same to your horse.

    The best way to achieve this is by riding with a loose rein. I mean a draping rein like what you would see at a Western Pleasure show. If you need to you can make contact, but there is no reason to always be making contact. The VERY last thing you should do is take hold of your horse's head/mouth. This is how you should cue for a turn: Look, Leg, rein. Each occurring if and ONLY if the one before it didn't get a response. Upward transitions are fairly simple, bring your energy up. Downward ones you just stop riding (kinda get limp, but don't fall off) and your horse will mimic you, but be sure to start riding again when you are going the speed you want. And to stop, curl your back, say whoa and exhale deeply (this thrusts your pelvis, or you could cough, that can work better) put all your weight in your but bones and sink into the stop while looking at your belly button. Until your horse understands this you will probably need to use your reins, but over time you will have to use them less and less.

    Remember, only do as much that is neccessary and build your cues up gradually, start at 1 and then go up 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. Don't start at 5 and go straight to 10. This will get you nowhere, but if you gradually build than you will find that you don't have to go as far up as you keep progressing.

    Best of luck to all of you. Feel free to PM if you have questions
         
        06-18-2009, 10:09 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Great advice! I have been really working on this recently and not just for the bridless thing, but to get my horse listening better. Thanks for all the advice!
         

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