Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
"The main reason for this is control. If the horse were to get away as you removed the bridle then you have no control over it and it is loose with the saddle on."
That is why folks will put the halter on around the neck prior to taking the bridle off. They still have something around the neck. With most horses, one still has reasonable control that way.
My horses have no pasture. I bring them food or they cannot eat. By long tradition, after a ride, they get some food - even if it is just a pound of hay pellets, they always get something once back in the corral. They all know the routine. Horses love routine, and knowing good things are about to happen next.
In the summer, riding when it is pushing 100 degrees, we'll take their halters off after untacking and leave them loose, so the horses can roll in our little arena before going back to their corral. If something scares them, they will just run to their corral and wait for someone to let them in. Of course, that would be pee-poor judgment if tried at a show, or at a "barn", a racecourse, 30 miles from home, etc.
Lots of ways of doing something since there are a lot of different ways of owning and keeping horses.
Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"