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A Sudden Realization! (Bareback and Bridleless)

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        07-05-2013, 07:09 PM
      #81
    Foal
    I found bit less bareback very helpful when I brought my horse 10 years ago he was only young but had been very mistreated and was very aggressive if anyone tried to saddle him or ride him one day I got on him without the saddle or bridle and that's when his attitude towards being ridden started to change he went from hating it to loving it became a completely different horse and was no longer aggressive at all. Wasn't a case of saddle fitting he hated having girths done up and they used to his legs up and all sorts of horrible things while saddling him and they were very harsh on the mouth they would yank his mouth constantly so he didn't know what a leg aid was he relied on the bit so I took it away and he started to listen to leg aids.
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        07-19-2013, 02:22 AM
      #82
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by KylieHuitema    
    I had a sudden realization tonight. Saddles and bridles get in the way of the communication between a horse and rider. Over the past 3 days, me and Toofine haven't had anything between us, other than a neck rope to guide him. He has picked up on how to walk, trot, canter, collect, sidepass, back and trot diagonally quicker than he did with a saddle and bridle. We have had terrible problems with rushing jumps and getting the right canter leads, but all of that was fixed when the saddle and bridle was removed. He did FLYING LEAD CHANGES with ease when it is usually a fight. He calmly jumped, slow and collected. Even when I went to get on him, he trotted up to me, which is a first in all the years I've owned him. This. Is. Amazing. I have FINALLY found an effective way to communicate with him!
    Good for you. If you have mastered how to communicate with him with a natural method, then I think its great! Would love to see videos to see how you did.
         
        07-28-2013, 01:32 PM
      #83
    Foal
    Bareback

    Im going to be doing the bare back with rope halter around the corner here, in the corral and mainly for this refine,ent thing, finding a good seat and have better balance. In general for people who ride a lot I have the feeling a good fitting saddle is easier on te horses body tan being ridden bareback. For this reason I won't feel wrong saddling up for trail rides and things
         
        07-28-2013, 06:10 PM
      #84
    Showing
    I rode my big gelding bareback for hours and he preferred that to a saddle. When riding bareback one should pinch the butt cheeks to raise the pelvic bones. Do that for an hour each time and one develops a pretty nice tush.
         
        07-28-2013, 06:51 PM
      #85
    Foal
    If I pinch my butt cheeks my horse will speed up! It's how I trained her. It's funny really because a guy was going to show me how to ride bareback and you know guys are cocky sometimes and he got on and gripped her sides and she started out pretty fast so he gripped harder and she speeded up. We were in a corral so he stops her and says he can't ride without gripping.ok so if I have to ask too many times to go my inner thighs hare sore! My Paint does that she has more whoa than go. So I prefer to ride my TWH because she is the more go than whoa. At 60 one more sharp aching muscle is not desirable!
         
        07-28-2013, 09:16 PM
      #86
    Showing
    Are you pinching your cheeks only or including your thigh muscles? Gotta isolate the cheeks.
         
        07-29-2013, 12:11 AM
      #87
    Foal
    I'll try it and see what she does.
         
        07-31-2013, 11:26 AM
      #88
    Yearling
    OP good job, not many people can do that with their horses confidently, I'm glad you had the confidence to give it a try!
         
        10-11-2013, 04:45 PM
      #89
    Foal
    Amazing!
         
        10-14-2013, 10:33 PM
      #90
    Foal
    A good fitting saddle and a bit/hackamore/whatever that you like is never a bad thing. And it is entirely possible to be successful with these tools. BUT if going completely nekked works best for your situation, there's nothing wrong with that either. It's nice to have a breakthrough, isn't it?
         

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