Java and I rode bridle-less for the second time today. I did not transition with a halter and lead or anything like that. I simply took his bridle off and went for it.
Granted, I knew he listened to me enough without using reins and knew I could control him without reins. It's just nice to see the difference.
I just don't know what to do with my hands! Haha! What do you all do with your hands when you're riding bridle-less?
Sorry that the video is so short. The batteries in the camera died. BUT we'll be out there again tomorrow and Friday, so I'm sure I'll have better video.
Doing this has to be one of THE most proud moments of us riding. We don't study Parelli or Anderson or Lyons or anything. I trained him from a yearling and it's simply a bond that we share. I was so happy with him and SO very proud of him.
After the camera died we worked on figure eights with lead changes in between and trotting in circles. We also loped down the center of the arena, rolled back and galloped on 'home'.