Where I learned the bulk of my riding and horse care the barn manager taught bareback and bridleless riding. She was a force of nature!
Really wonderful place to get my basics.
Basically the horses (nearly exclusively Arabians, a lot of them with rocky pasts) were brought to the barn and worked with in the round pen first and then ridden always and only with a halter and and a chain running from each square to clip the game reins to. As the horses progressed, they were trained and expected to perform with less and less cues. First direct reining and leg cues until they could be ridden, collected, reliably, with just seat and voice cues. Then, the halter comes off. Anything you wanted she could teach that horse to do bitless, bridleless and bareback. Flying lead changes, lead changes down the vertical, cantering laterally...
Its unique though, and I think the reason it worked so well was simply the sheer amount of quality flight time she and others could devote to each horse. Their mileage is just mind blowing!
Also, for these horses, that was their job: deluxe pleasure horse and sometimes drill team competitor.
:) Pretty cool stuff.
I wanna ride my boy bridleless someday... But a previous poster is right. It is also the result of proper training.
Btw- congrats to you, that's really cool.
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