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I need help riding bareback and bridleless!

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  • What tack do you use for bridleless horse class
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    05-30-2013, 02:03 PM
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I need help riding bareback and bridleless!

Hi everyone! I am training a little Shetland pony and I want to go with natural horsemanship. He is a little bit crazy but we are working on calming him down. He seems to do better when I ride bareback with a halter.

First off what are some vital steps to beginning natural horsemanship? We have already done join up and it went very well. He respects me and he has become my best friend.

Second is it bad if other people are riding him while we are going through this training? Right now he has another little rider that rides him in lessons.

Thanks for all of your help!!!!

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    05-30-2013, 02:59 PM
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If he is a little bit crazy it sounds like a really bad idea for another light rider to be taking lessons on him. To my way of thinking it would be good to get his issues resloved before he is used as a lesson horse. Having you working with him and another rider having lessons sounds confusing and frustration for a horse.
What tack is used? Do you know if there is a fitting issue? Just wondering since you mentioned he does better bareback and with a halter.
Do you have a trainer available if needed?
As for natural horsemanship methods...there are all kinds of video, DVD and written material available, and tons of opinions as to who is best.
Good luck to you, but I think it best for this guy to have one rider right now.
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    05-31-2013, 12:13 AM
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Dustbunny, she doesn't need tack, she is riding bareback and bridleless.lol.
     
    05-31-2013, 12:32 AM
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I stand corrected. Using a halter is bridleless. You still have a grip on the head, just no bit.
Is the other rider also going bareback and bitless during the lessons? We don't know. Might be using tack, might not.
Is the tack, if tack is used, making the horse a little bit crazy? Does it fit? We don't know.
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    06-03-2013, 06:57 AM
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First off what are some vital steps to beginning natural horsemanship? We have already done join up and it went very well. He respects me and he has become my best friend.
Good-oh, being seen as his friend is one important 'ingredient' of 'NH' in my opinion. Leery of the term 'respect', but interested to know what this means to you? Other vital 'steps' to beginning 'NH' are learning about natural equine behaviour & bodylanguage, and becoming practiced & consistent in using your own bodylanguage in such a way as to be effective, understood & work with the horse. Learning basic behavioural psychology principles(not half as heavy as it sounds) is extremely helpful. 'Don't Shoot The Dog' is one great little book which easily explains these principles & practice.

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Second is it bad if other people are riding him while we are going through this training?
It depends on what you're up to, what he's up to, etc.

Oh & dustbunny, each to his own, but I wouldn't call a halter bridleless, just bitless. If you're just starting out OP, good idea not to rush into bridleless... can be very bad for your health!
     
    06-03-2013, 01:27 PM
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Oh & dustbunny, each to his own, but I wouldn't call a halter bridleless, just bitless.[/QUOTE]

Actually, I wouldn't either. When I first saw this thread "Bareback and Bridleless" I thought it a strangle approach for a pony a little bit crazy.
At least she had some sort of contraption on it's head.
So then that brings up the issue of what is a bridle. Does a bridle need a bit? What about a bitless bridle? A sidepull? Is any form of headstall with hackamore thingie a bridle? Headstall with bosal? A halter with lead rope?
Wacky, huh?
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    06-03-2013, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by dressagegirl145    
Hi everyone! I am training a little Shetland pony and I want to go with natural horsemanship. He is a little bit crazy but we are working on calming him down. He seems to do better when I ride bareback with a halter.

First off what are some vital steps to beginning natural horsemanship? We have already done join up and it went very well. He respects me and he has become my best friend.

Second is it bad if other people are riding him while we are going through this training? Right now he has another little rider that rides him in lessons.

Thanks for all of your help!!!!

3 phases, 2 heart <3 <3, 1 goal, Eventing!
Okay I have really no idea on how to use this because this is my first post so excuse me if its messed up :(

Good for you for choosing natural horsemanship!!:) my advice on ponies is to always respect their space. It is erg easy to just shove them around since they are so little, but believe me they will respect you much more (although in sure yours does)!

If he is a little jumpy or skittish, the best thing to do is approach and retreat. Make sure you do it on his time and not yours. Sure, you may want him used to the saddle in a day (he already is I'm sure, this is an example) maybe he will accept it but not be truly confident with it and later that could backfire. Take the time it takes so it take less time!;)

If you have any problems or questions feel free to private message me, I would love to help and I have experience training with natural horsemanship. :)
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