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Often.

No pics though that I can find.. we were all about that last night though :)

Cute pic, your horse is luvin life right there.
 
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Beautiful pic, you and your horse both look very happy :D

I use Clicker Training for my horses and I try to teach most things without tack before I add tack. While my first few rides I had halter/reins just in case - I've been doing a lot of tackless riding with my mare. My only rule for riding tackless is a helmet is a must.
This is my mare learning about tarps :)
 

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Thank you :) It is quite fun and a liberating feeling to have that close communication with your horse. We have been progressively working on our bridleless for a couple years and he is doing great with it :)
 

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I've never tried bridleless riding, but these pics are convincing me to try! xD
 

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I've never tried bridleless riding, but these pics are convincing me to try! xD
It's definitely not something where one day you just remove the bridle! :p If you're using traditional or natural horsemanship training methods - you'll want to teach your horse to respond to leg and seat cues very well - only using the bridle to back it up if they get stuck - before you ever just hop on without a bridle.
I use CT and make up my own cues xD I touch either side of her neck to 'neck rein' her using my seat to slow down and my legs to move her hind end or speed up or move directly over. The cues are similar to most riders - except mine don't escalate if the horse doesn't respond. And the horse is rewarded for the correct responses :)
 

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I'm working on our crew. The dark bay I'm riding is my daughter's little horse and this was my first time to take the bridle off of him. He did very well. The chestnut has been my project for about 3 1/2 years now. He was started very badly as a young horse and when I got him at 8-9 years old, he knew absolutely nothing even on the ground, and he was scared to death of the saddle. He bucked as soon as anyone came near him with a saddle and he was super touchy and skittish. We've come a long way and I got him used to tack, cues, getting bumped, poked, pushed, etc. He rides very well. Now I'm slowlly taking the tack back off. We're not actually riding bridleless yet, but he has no problem letting me jump on him and lean back, pulling on his mane, bump into his side if I don't quite make it up the first time, etc. whether he's eating or just standing there. So we're getting there. Just yesterday I rode him bareback and in nothing but a rope halter so our bridelless time is coming. :D

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Nice to see there are a number of other 'crazies' here!:p Only thing with pics is, I usually ride alone(changing w more local horsey friends!:D) so don't have much to show!

I do have at least a string around the horse's neck when outside a safe area & if out in public, while I don't usually use the reins much these days, I wouldn't go without a halter all together, unless I was really confident & safe in the environment, because I reckon it's safer to work within the premise that 'anything can happen, but only generally will if you rely on it not to':lol:
 

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OMG Punks, that pic certainly shows your horse in... prime condition!
HAHA A little Fat isn't she?! LOL you remember our story from the very beginning, every so often I think back to all our trouble. I couldn't even walk her out of her paddock!! Now we're going on tackless rides and trail rides and having a blast together. We aren't terribly skilled at what we do yet xD but we're getting there ^^

Your horse is just lovely! I can't wait to see full pics xD
 

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Last night at ponyclub after the lesson while the rest of the riders were racing their horses around en masse, I stripped Shakira and did a short demo ride tackless for the instructors and parents. We did figure of eights and reinbacks so I am very proud of her listening despite the... distracting circumstances.
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I haven't done it yet - but I am slowly getting there! I have gotten Brisco off the bit and he actually performs better without a bit in, which I like because I like to ride then in a halter.
My horse can neck rein and we do ride bareback most of the time - jumping, barrels, all speeds, etc. And in the halter he can neck rein pretty good.

I have one question though - when he has nothing in his face, how do you tell him to stop or slow down or if he isn't too great with neck reining, then turning?
I know you should probably have a trusting bond with your horse, but how do your guys's horses do with it?

my horse does pretty good, but he still needs pressure applied to his face or mouth so he knows when to stop and back.
I have tried doing it with just body language and body language and pressure, so do I just keep working until he needs less and less pressure till he doesn't need any at all?
 

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Punks-As someone who has ridden for the past fourteen years, I know better than to "just pull off" any piece of equipment, and call it good. >.> I'm not that stupid.

Besides! I'm currently crippled from my accident and probably won't be riding for the next three months anyway ;)
 

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Amberly- I ride with a piece of string around Shakiras neck. These are the aids I use

Halt-I sigh, relaxing my muscles and letting out all my breath. Usually this is enough to stop her, but if not I lift my string up so it makes contact with the base of her neck. Once she has halted I slacken the string and stroke up her neck.

Rein back-I rock back, tensing my upper thighs. Again, often she will back just off that but if not I lift my string to press againest the base of my neck.

Turn-When I am riding straight ahead my hands rest lightly on the top of her neck, my eyes, shoulders hips and toes point straight ahead. When I turn left my eyes shoulders hips and toes point left and my left hand moves a few inches off her neck towards the direction of the turn. My right leg slips back an inch or so to control her quarters. Reverse for the other direction. As a last if-is-ignoring-me resort my outside hand moves aginest the side of her neck and she neck reins away from the string. So neck reining is not essential if your horse listens to the eariler aids. (shakira doesnt actually neck rein off a bridle so who knows what happened there.)

Personally I think the important things to do to teach your horse to ride bridless is to a spend alot of time leading your horse around of a neckstring so they become acustomed to listening to it and to do heaps of riding on a slack rein. Like hours and hours.

I hope these aids can be helpful in teaching your horse to ride bridless.
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Here is DH playing around on his arab gelding. They both enjoyed, it was obvious.

I'm just starting to go bareback once in a while, with just a rope clipped on the halter. It's fun. :)
 

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Read Sally swifts books on Centered Riding. There are books 1 and 2. If you are a bit of an experienced rider book 2 will be good for you to read. They are great books and explain so much about using your body to communicate with your horse.
 
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