My name is Nicola and I live in New Zealand. I have always been very interested in horses, however I have never really had the chance to learn properly. My friend was recently offered a 13 year old quarterhorse, at which she jumped at the chance. However she likes to think of herself as an experienced and knowledgeable rider ( she is just as novice as I am) and is a firm believer in going bitless and bareback.
Is it actually possible for someone of her level to train a horse of this age in the natural techniques such as going bitless? I am worried that one day she will hurt herself or others as she has too much confidence in her abilities (or lack of)
I have always respected all forms of riding, believing their is nothing wrong with using a bit or not. But despite what tools/aids you use, it still takes a professional trainer to actually train a horse properly in any sort of riding dicipline, whether it be tradtional english or natural horsemanship.
I am very interested in learning more about horses so any advice would be appreciated. :)