I want to start to train Chinga bridless later on. How do I train him to be able to be ridden bridless?
get a good use of you legs and seat, thats what its all about when you go bridleless. Start in a round pen, with the bridle on but dont use it unless you have to help him a little. Start with simple turns, stops, and back ups. When you have that down you can go to the side pass and getting control or the rear to do lead changes later. After all of this is going good you can go to the trot and canter and work on stops and take off from there. After you feel comfortable in the round pen with out the bridle, go to a bigger arena.
I have a 2 1/2 year old that I have 26 days on that I can slide, spin, back up, side pass, and he loped his first circle yesterday without me touching the reins.
You just have to be consitant in your seat and legs.
I just started using my Dr. Cooks bitless bridle a few weeks ago. I bought it over a year ago and never used it. So far so good, I did spend some time in the arena getting my mare used to the different feel and cues. I'm also using it on my young filly that I'm in the process of saddle breaking. She is responding very well to it.
Check out this bridleless video on youtube. This is my sister, she's the bomb:)
Stacey Westfall Bridleless Riding How Does She Do That? Best video for bridleless riding and I'm training my TN Walker brideless this August (first gaited horse to go bridleless! :) . . .)
Ok, start by making sure your horse stops, slows down, speeds up, and turns REALLY WELL! Especially the stopping. Get it to where you only use one hand on the rein in the dead center raised just above your horse's neck. Only move it an inch to turn each way. Then start desenseitizing your horse to a gentle waving of you legs to match every stride your horse is taking. This will help you in every single thing you do bridleless.
Stopping. Your horse should stop immediately when the waving of your legs stops and your legs are pulled off her sides. Back this up with a "Woah!" command in a low voice and lean slightly back.
Turning to the left. Your horse is taught to move away from pressure so . . . when you want to turn, the waving of your right leg should increase and the waving of your left led should be more suttle but IT SHOULDN"T STOP. You are essentially opening and closing the door for your horse.
Turning to the right. Opposite of the left.
Slowing down. Wave slower.
Speeding up. Wave faster.
The Lope. To transition from the walk or trot to the lope, Get to the point in which your horse only lope to the kiss. The kiss is the que to lope off. Leaning forward, your horse should be aware that you are thinking about speeding up. Set her up: to lope to the left, your left leg should wave slightly more towards the cinch (aligns your horse's shoulder) and your right leg should wave more back.
-then set him/her up
Backing up. Train your horse so that when you ask him/her to walk forward then stop them and immediately wave really fast NOT HARD in the neutral middle postion, that they should back up.
Training bridleless takes years and CONSISTANCY is the KEY.
Make sure your horse is excellent with the basic, walk, trot, lope, slow down, speed up, stop, and back.
Always do these with a bridle on.
Do the cloverleaf pattern.
When your horse responds to your leg pressure well, tie your reins up on your saddle horn and try not to use them unless in a critical situation.
Stacey Westfall's video explains what I can't. Hope this helps! :)
Solidify your cues with the bridle, and legs first, then work with just your legs, with the bridle as your 'back up' (say, put your hands behind your back, and ride with your legs...use the reins ONLY if you desperately have too)...never go from bridle to bridleless just because you think your horse is ready for it. ;)
Always work on the bridleless stages in an enclosed safe area.
Stacey Westfall has really good information on going from bitted riding to bridleless riding...if you can attend one of her seminars on bridleless riding, do it, you won't regret it!
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