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post #1 of 12 Old 03-27-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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"Teaching" Bridleless riding

So with my little mare Selena, I can ride her brideless (With a neck rope, no just leg/seat yet) but I never officially 'taught' her how to. It's just because she knows how to neck rein and vocal/leg cues nicely.

Out of curiosity, has anyone ever 'taught' their horse to ride bridleless? I just kinda of.....Did it, but I'd like to know if anyone else had any official methods that may help me teach in the future! :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-27-2011, 07:52 PM
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IMHO, being able to ride bridleless is something that is a side effect of good training, not something that should really be trained towards. I know lots of horses that you can ride without a bridle that I still wouldn't bring home on a bet simply because their training is crappy.

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IMHO, being able to ride bridleless is something that is a side effect of good training, not something that should really be trained towards. I know lots of horses that you can ride without a bridle that I still wouldn't bring home on a bet simply because their training is crappy.
Ditto!!! I can and do ride completely bridleless walk, trot, and lope with no neck rein. In fact, I don't even think the neckrope would help at all. Its purely seat, leg, and voice. But I think bridleless riding is almost a necessity for some horses. My horse works so much better bridleless simply because the combination of leg and rein just annoys him to no end. It's just constant tail wringing the whole ride unless I get out of his mouth.
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I kinda thought I'd get that reaction ^_^

Thanks guys, I never really had any reason to try brideless because I don't do a lot of freestyle classes. But with Selena I just kinda....Did it for fun (I was getting her out of the pasture) and was just wondering if there was any method I could use to improve it. She's still very green for a reiner and has a lot of work to do, which is why the neck rope with her is important to me at the moment.

I'd enver heard any "official" methods about trianing bridleless, so I thought I'd ask just to see ^^ Any sort of training that can make my horses more responsive is welcome.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-28-2011, 02:58 PM
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I'd look into Stacy Westfall's stuff.. just ANYTHING you can find on her.. she is the one who is famous for bareback and bridleless ;)

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I did the same. Hopped on bundy with a neck rope to see what we could do.Turns out we can do everything - w/t/c/g, stops, rollbacks, walk-canter, back up.

Just a by product of good training.

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I can ride Artie bridleless, with a neck rope, but he was taught so that leg cues only mean forward, which sucks, because he never understands how to move laterally off of leg pressure, and he doesn't understand seat cues either. So basically, slow down = whoa and tug on reins, and speed up = nudge with heals and a click. THAT's why I need a neck rope with him; because the only way he knows to stop is by the tugging motion on his chest.

I didn't teach him, per se, I just got on him without a bridle in the round pen over the summer, tied a rope around his neck, and we went for a ride.
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I drop bridle on my horses quite often. I find it is a good way to work on keeping out of the horses way when performing maneuvers and such. There is no trick to it. It is all comes down to good training like has been stated. It is not something you train for it is the end results of that training.

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With my little reining\cutting whatever you wanna call him gelding, I just lay the reins down and let him go. He rates his speed and works off my seat its really very handy. I need to make his stop from my seat a little more cutting like though.
I say give it a try in a small enclosed area.

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I'm teaching my mare to bridle without a bridle. All I'm doing is making sure I have gait transitions purely off voice/seat and teaching her to neck rein/turn off leg pressure. I simply ride on a lose-ish rein, give her the leg cue/voice cue/seat cue first, then back it up with rein if she doesn't listen. Eventually, she'll respond first my non-rein cues.
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