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post #11 of 17 Old 01-20-2010, 09:54 PM
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Jester could probably do it, but the No. The others are all either half-broke, not broke, or way too stubborn to do it. Lolz ^^

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-24-2010, 06:03 PM
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I seldom actually use the bit. I use my body, my legs and the weight of the rein to clue the horse. I also use a number of verbal commands.
I could easily tie the rein to the bit with very lite string and get away with it.
Yes I have soft hands
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-24-2010, 06:24 PM
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I have softer hands than I used to. My current gelding responds better when using light aids and commands then when you try to jerk him can actually feel him getting angry at you as he responds, which is something I'm not used to, compared to the other "been there done that" school horses I've ridden who need plowing into to move faster or turn or do anything other than go straight. When he was in his hackamore (haven't tried it in the bit yet) I could use a heavy seat and squeeze my reins together, and get a stop out of him.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-25-2010, 10:20 AM
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I try not to use my hands a lot, and I try really hard to have a soft hands, but sometimes it's hard. Roger for instance, is always taking off and it can be dangerous to whoever we're riding with. So if he's going to get fast, I start asking him to halt or walk just incase. . which he most of the time won't do with just little half-halts and then even with a soft pull. . sometimes I'm forced to pull pretty hard to get him to stop :( im working on getting him softer though, On a good day I ride him with my reins considerbly short but barely use my hands. If I give him a long rein he pulls his head right to the ground and goes as fast as he wants. :p
and then with Buster, who I've recently been riding, I barely ever use my hands because he is the best behaved horse in the world..:)

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post #15 of 17 Old 01-25-2010, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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I think the trick is learning when to release the reins. When I do use them I try to release them as soon as I get the response I'm wanting and keep little to no tension on them. When I got Vida she had no "Whoa" and knew no voice commands. Although she has gotten pretty good with just voice, sometimes ya gotta tap the brakes If we were just doing arena work, I don't think I would need reins/bit at all.

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-27-2010, 01:41 PM
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I work my horses to become responsive to leg and seat After they are solid on the bridle. That means I start to pick up the rein and they are softening up asking 'what do you need.'

I can and have done an entire reining pattern bridleless, however, the more time you spend not using the bridle the heavier the horse becomes to it. I teach that seat and leg are secondary as they can only be truelly reinforced with rein aids. Yet the goal is to never have to pick up on the rein and touch the bit.

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post #17 of 17 Old 01-27-2010, 01:46 PM
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I have actually done this on my 3 yr old and my 8 yr old. One of the trainers I work with... got me curious on the idea... so I had to try. And both did just fine. But they work of body and leg. So I rarely have to use my bit anyways.
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