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        10-22-2013, 05:46 PM
      #11
    Showing
    When I wrote that I had groundwork in mind. As kids we jumped on the horses that were way out in pasture and rode them home like that - no tack of any kind. We never tho't of risk - we were kids.
         
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        10-22-2013, 06:48 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I am *trying* liberty with my mare... We are getting better! I can now ask her to stand up in a large pasture for grooming at liberty, to back, to turn, to halt, walk on and trot on all at my shoulder. I still need a long dressage whip to cue with. We are working on ignoring distractions (HEY LOOK! Or NOMNOM GRASS!).
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        10-24-2013, 07:12 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I am beginning my horses in liberty but we have just started sooo were not as cool as you guys :P ...any tips or pointers?
         
        10-24-2013, 09:07 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by andimax    
    I am beginning my horses in liberty but we have just started sooo were not as cool as you guys :P ...any tips or pointers?
    Patience,Per-sue, and Praise!:)
         
        10-25-2013, 03:09 PM
      #15
    Started
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    Liberty Riding is a wonderful way to demonstrate the relationship between you and your horse and showcase the abilities you both possess
    it does not demonstrate anything more than how well trained a horse is. People I think see alec and the black stallion, where their "magical bond" allowed alec to control the horse(an extremely unruly, forward, and sometimes dangerous stallion) by just asking.

    In reality, it is a horse that is well trained to work off seat and legs. Horse and human relationships are great, but its a lot of training and hard work that gets a horse to do as its asked, when its asked, with minimal tack. My BO has a mare she adores, that likes her, but she doesn't work off seat or legs. Put her on said mare bareback and bridle less, and they would be running aimlessly all over the arena. It doesn't matter how many thousands of miles they've gone together, or how much mutual trust and respect they have.

    Liberty ground work can be a good tool for people, helping them to stop relying on the halter and lead and more on body language, and it can be a way to increase trust and understanding between horse and handler.
         
        10-25-2013, 03:31 PM
      #16
    Trained
    I can ride and jump my pony with no tack in an open field. But I only do when no one else has a horse out. And I certainly took a long time to get to that point. Even then I have the occasional whoa issue ;)
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        10-27-2013, 05:26 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
    it does not demonstrate anything more than how well trained a horse is. People I think see alec and the black stallion, where their "magical bond" allowed alec to control the horse(an extremely unruly, forward, and sometimes dangerous stallion) by just asking.

    In reality, it is a horse that is well trained to work off seat and legs. Horse and human relationships are great, but its a lot of training and hard work that gets a horse to do as its asked, when its asked, with minimal tack. My BO has a mare she adores, that likes her, but she doesn't work off seat or legs. Put her on said mare bareback and bridle less, and they would be running aimlessly all over the arena. It doesn't matter how many thousands of miles they've gone together, or how much mutual trust and respect they have.

    Liberty ground work can be a good tool for people, helping them to stop relying on the halter and lead and more on body language, and it can be a way to increase trust and understanding between horse and handler.

    That is what I meant by relationship - the ability to communicate effectively. When a horse/rider team reach a level that they can communicate effectively without the aide of tack, that is an ability to showcase! The relationship between horse and rider goes both ways, Liberty riding merely showcases the riders ability to communicate and signal the horse properly and the horse's training/performance level.

    I think you misunderstood my statement...
    I don't believe that just because you've been riding your horse for a while and think you share a bond with them, that no one else could possibly have, means that you should be riding around without tack. Horses are awesome, but there is no fairy tale magic happening during a liberty rider, it is all training demonstration (of both horse and rider)
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        11-16-2013, 03:58 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Liberty is something so beautiful to watch(: I'd love to begin with me and my horse but I haven't a clue where to start :P

    I've had Cowboy for two years (known him for about three) but we don't have much of a bond, he's very stubborn, and keeps to him self.
         
        11-16-2013, 04:26 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Please elaborate why you think its ok to sit under your horse?? I can't comprehend why anyone would think this is a good idea.
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        11-16-2013, 06:09 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Iride, practise getting your horse to move it's hips laterally. You'll have to tap at first, maybe even firmly to get a response. Repeat many times until the horse will move with a mere pointing at the hip. As you do this, bend at the hips a little and look at the hip you wish to move. Do both sides. Now, when the horse decides to look yonder or graze, move it's hip, now. I have one that sometimes wants to leave. That's ok, but I will maneuver myself so I can lean a little and look at his hip. He is so responsive he will turn it away and face me (both eyes) and come back to me.
         

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