Originally Posted by george the mule View Post
The American Indians rode w/o tack except for maybe a blanket and a neck string. Kicked a lot of Honkey bootie doing it too. I suspect it takes considerably more "relationship" than most modern equestrians have time for, tho.
But sure; ride buck-naked if ya want, why would I care? Fall off and bust your A, "Evolution in Action" I say.
That said, I am still in awe of Stacy Westfall.
PS: I can ride George bareback with a neck string. We mostly stick with Georgies agenda tho, and it's real easy to fall off. Don't _even_ ask me how I know
Those Indians rode with a rawhide thong in the mouth. Ever feel what a thin piece of rawhide feels like, esp once it has gotten wet, and dried un evenly?
Sure, those Indians became great riders-had to, for war, hunting etc, but read some of the ways that they broke horses ,and one would not say that they all had any great empathy or kindness towards horses
Ever see some of those Indian saddles, used by some tribes? They make even that saw buck pack saddle look kinder!
Sure, Stacy rode tackless, but first she had that horse very broke to traditional tack, esp a bridle.
I got to watch her in person at some clinics at the Mane Event.
She explained as to how she was able to ride tackless. Riding with a neck rope is not in the same league, as any horse well broke to the indirect rein, can be ridden that way. I often rode horses out of the pasture that way.
Craig Johnson has a great reining video, riding with a neck rope.
Anyway, Stacey used the stop, to illustrate her training basics for those tackless demos ( you will note, she kept her spurs, and probably used them a bit harder then usual, just watching the horse's tail!
She gets the horse to stop by each cue by itself, that she used together, in a regular reining ride
Thus the horse learns to stop, just by the verbal command 'whoa'
Just to stop , using the bit and reins
To stop, just using body position and legs
Thus, when she does that tackless reining demo, she still has two of the three cues left, that she uses together in a regular reining run
The point being, there are many professional horse people that are probably way better riders, have more finesse on their horses, and could well ride them with a neck rope, and some do, for demos, but don't do so as aregualr aprt of their riding program, because the entire point, is, well, pointless!
A well fitting saddle is way easier on a horse, then a rider sitting directly on his spine, in a concentrated area