Originally Posted by Saddlebag
True liberty work is done without the halter and outside the confines of a small pen. It takes on a whole new meaning when done out in pasture. That'll blow yer sox off!
I have to disagree.
Liberty Riding is a wonderful way to demonstrate the relationship between you and your horse and showcase the abilities you both possess. It should never be done in an open environment for numerous safety reasons (including keeping others safe).
I see far too many people jump on the band wagon without any sound logic.
Horses, no matter how well trained, are prey animals that have minds of their own. Riding at liberty in an environment that is not controlled is putting you, the horse, and others at risk and should never be done. Stick to arena work and always make sure you ride the safest you can.