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RIDING MY HORSE WITHOUT TACK! // Versatile Horsemanship

February 29, 2020


in today’s video I’m going to be riding
my horse bareback and bridle less what I’m doing is I’m riding my horse with
just a halter and a lead rope and instead of having two reins that I can
steer with I can go like this and turn my horse just like if we were starting a
colt that’s what we do so I just flip it over her head now I’m gonna not steer
her at all and just go around the arena let her go wherever she wants I don’t
care how fast we go she just needs to be going somewhere this is exactly what we
did during my lesson tonight and went extremely well with the three riders the
purpose of this is to focus on legs and just getting a horse to go forward not
worrying about where they’re going but just focusing on the forward motion the
problem that I see a lot is I have riders who want to pull on both reins or
over-over use their reins so they’re always steering the horse and not just
letting the horse go forward and they forget to use their legs for forward
motion so my horses get really frustrated they want to pull the reins
out of the riders hands and it’s just overall not fun for the horses so this
is really really a helpful wing for me to make sure that when horses are having
a good time and it also makes it so the riders understand how to use their reins
better and make sure that they’re using their legs to get the horse to go
forward okay so I’m gonna demonstrate with this horse she’s more than likely
gonna kind of circle around in the center and stuff because we don’t do
this very often and I really need to so that’s what we’re gonna do she’s gonna
want to go to the gate make sure she gets out of there now when
she went to the gate I didn’t make a big deal out of it all I did was get my legs
to hustle her feet and get her out of there not causing her to do this gate at all
she’s just so she just gets good at going somewhere she wants to just kind
of circle around and you know I probably might Comanche her a lot with my rings now here I’m not asking my horse to
canter she could trot if she wanted to she could walk if she wanted to I just
want her to go forward and basically the way she’s circling here I’m not asking
her to do that I’m merely a passenger I’m letting her go anywhere she wants to
go but this is an exercise what she’s doing right now is she’s kind of doing
like figure eights through the arena and that’s an exercise that we frequently do
during lessons so it’s kind of funny to watch her just kind of go right into
doing that exercise so it just tells me that I need to get out and ride her
straight a lot more and kind of mix it up I typically ride with my students
when I’m teaching and this is the horse that I usually am riding and it’s just
funny to really see that in her to know that she’s just got all the patterns
memorized are you going to post this tomorrow or
today Jim post it you should be with that being said I’d really like to know
if this is a video that you find interesting so if you do please be sure
to give me a comment below or just simply like the video and then I know if
it’s something that I should do again in the future what I’m about to do now I
completely did not plan on until that very moment and that’s just kind of how
it works with horses sometimes something feels like it’s going really well and so
you want to take it a step further so what I did here is I just pulled her
halter completely off strictly out of curiosity but just to show you that I’m not anyone
in her at all as you can see she’s still doing figure
eights over the polls because she genuinely just thinks that’s what she’s
supposed to be doing this is just proof watching this that
the horse is always looking for peace and so she’s thinking well if I just do
what we usually doing here it’ll be nice and peaceful and that’s what you’re
looking for so that’s what I’ll do and it just kind of makes me smile to think
about how smart these animals are and how willing they are to just try now if
I had started this ride with a high expectation of where we were going to go
and all these things and expected her to be perfect or as good as she is when
she’s got a bridle on I would set her up for failure and I would discourage her
from trying the fact that I’m just a passenger and going with her you know
she’s free to do as she pleases and now at this point I am asking her for a
canter so she’s going this bead that I’m looking for but she’s still able to go
wherever she wants now at this point I think that Nocona
really figured out that oh we just need to go somewhere because her gate has
freed up and she’s now just going around the outside of the arena and she just
seems to be a lot more opened up and willing to move we’ll see you now I am gonna start steering her with
my leg to see if I can get her to travel left around the arena so now I am trying to interfere in a
little see if I get it now as you can see a Nocona reverts back
to doing the figure 8 exercise because she’s a little confused as to what I’m
asking of her so she goes back to doing something that she thinks is correct Nocona now clearly understands what I
was looking for as you can see her gait has really opened up a little bit too so
she’s nice and forward and happily going around with her ears up and not trying
to turn into figure eights anymore so I didn’t plan on doing any of that
besides just riding her around and letting her go she’s gonna go I didn’t
plan on taking my halter off but once I got going I’m like you know just not
having this in my hands will keep me from wanting to interfere at all because
I have a tendency to micromanage my reins get rid of them who was a good
thing I’m a little out of breath so is Nakata Nocona and i are both a
little out of breath right now but um so that was super fun though and I think
that I needed stuff like that more often just a fork focus on the forward and um
you know the fact that it was really hard to get her to go to the left really
tells me that I need to work on that when I do have my reins and making sure
that I’m not over steering her and I am directing her with my legs and making
sure that she’s going where I want her to go so that was a totally fun
impromptu ride and like I said I have never ridden her without something on
her head before you know even just a halter and I’m really pleased with how
good she did once she realized that she could just go forward that’s super cool
super duper cool get her to go do a little turn around again a good example
that it’s all it’s all way that direction that I get her to go
there with my life and as soon as the leg comes off that’s
when we stop and I can’t I don’t I’m sure I’m gonna back up no I will not get
it back up I’m not my backup is not good enough we don’t have that so I need to
make sure my backup is a lot better same with stopping to my stopping is not
very good I can come down through the gates really well but going from you
know go to stop it just kind of like we kind of like fall through it so I can
work on then so by doing stuff like this that’s how I get better because I find
where our weaknesses are well I hope you enjoyed today’s video if you did please
be sure to give it a like share it with your friends and leave me a comment
below let me know if you’ve ever ridden your horse without a saddle or bridle
and thanks so much for watching I’ll see you Morrow my

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  1. I LOVED this! I watched her ears, Nocona really seemed to be really enjoying herself & is willing to just be a horse & take you along for the ride. Fun that she decided to work the figure 8's on her own. Thanks again for all your hard work in sharing things like this with us, really appreciate it!

  2. Thank you ! So nice to see the peaceful communication between horse and rider and cantering must be as much fun for horse as for the rider. Your strength and balance skills are fantastic. Are there exercises that you recommend to improve those skills to make one a better rider ? Will be watching this episode again …so sweet to see !

  3. Nacona looks like such a great horse that you've worked with! When are you going to do the dog horse thing and say which one you like most?

  4. Wow! So impressed especially at all the 'look, mum, no hands' moments…lol! What do you mean when you say you're moving the horse with your legs? Are you moving your legs in a specific way? I can't see what it is and don't know what to look for. Sorry for my ignorance but I am learning every time I watch you…tyfs 😊😊😊

  5. Bareback is the best way to learn balance. When I was young, around 14, (hint:that was during the Vietnam war-lol) and I was just starting to work for the show stable, at the end of the horse show day, and at the end of grooming for my boss, they’d have what was called the grooms Class. The grooms would all get a chance to ride bareback with a snaffle, and go over a fairly easy jump course. It was fun for up and coming jumper riders or beginners.. I used to love it because I loved bareback anyway. Some of the kids weren’t so lucky and took a dive, but you just brush yourself off and hop on again. Lol. Nikona is a nice app. I have a heart for them because the first horse I showed in jumping classes was an Appaloosa. He could jump the moon. The thoroughbreds were great and I love the big tall horses, , but he was a wonder, all 15.1 hands of him.

  6. Really good 👍 she goes where she wants and does what she knows, she's free and a good girl reacting to the legs.. It's must be fun..she surely enjoys it

  7. Love this kind of video. Brandi, that was awesome! I bet your legs could be registered as leathal weapons. Lol. I wish all people could ride so well. It makes me angry to a point of crazy, when I see people overusing a bit on the horses mouth. It is amazing how smart horses are & how they can sense things.

  8. So my pony does not respect the halter she won't back up or move off of my leg she will just stand there any tips? I just hate to put the bridle on when it is this cold. And definitely keep up these type of videos!😊😊

  9. Although I LOVE horses and have done some light riding when I was a kid (back in 1970 something) I've never really known about how their minds work. It's very interesting. Thanks for posting.

  10. Brandi, please don't be offended! But doesn't it hurt the horse's back with your bum bone against her her back bone? I would think a bareback pad , would be more comfortable for both of you. I'm just curious!

  11. My daughter and I do this all the time! No tack at all. They will go with just legs. We steer with our legs and stop or slow with seat. It was a long process, but it is fun to trail ride like that.

  12. For more videos about this horse, check out her playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIR-JJucLqwLvsmK0cWcvHQNfjXMEKp0s

  13. Really enjoyed it!!!!!!! Last time I rode bareback and no reins I ended up in the Laramie River!!! To be fair, we knew what would happen, these were my friends horses and they lived a quarter mile from the river. The horses loved doing this. Once we were in the river I slid off and started washing the horse. The only scary thing was an almost perpendicular segment of the trail there. When all you've got is your fingers though their mane and your legs as tight as you can make them, well I never realized I was holding my breath til I got to the bottom! My idea of fun!!!! I was in fifth grade that summer.
    I would love to propose a couple of Nick names for the horse you were riding. Freckles and Dotty. I know, super boring, but I can't help it!!
    My lessons in college were all about the legs. He would make us drop out reins sometimes for part of the lesson. Good idea. Thank you again!! LOVE your videos! Till later….with all my love to you and Freckles! 💓💛💚💙💜🌈😃🐴🌺

  14. Much love ♥ It's hard to hear you when you are on the horse talking and someone else is holding the camera. When you're on the horse and your voice is edited over is good.

  15. Hi Brandi.
    YES.
    BAREBACK.
    Love this mode of riding.
    I have balance issues. Using my legs is a must in keeping my lard ass on the horses back.
    There is a God.
    In the form of a horse🤗❤🤣

  16. Whenever I wanna ride bridless my dad n mom get very worried about me all they say "You really need to use a bridle or halter, you have no control it's very dangerous."

  17. This was nice, and she is lovely. Could you do this with a more difficult horse, one who is more reluctant to move out?

  18. I'd love to see more videos like this! I'm really interested in riding bitless – until recently I didn't know that riding bitless was a "thing".
    If I had to use a bit, I would want to cause as little pain/discomfort and confusion for the horse as possible. Since school horses have to deal with so many different riders, I can see how they'd appreciate some predictability (like kids do) and a bit would offer that.

    There are so many things that you talk about that make sense to me & I agree with, I wish I could take lessons from you in person. (But it sounds like you're already filled-up with 200 students!) I love that you mentioned not having expectations for this ride with Nocona. The lowering of expectations has helped me a lot in many areas, and sometimes when I'm having trouble in life it's because I'm trying too hard to be in control.

    By the way, are there any videos about what "horse camp" is?
    And is it possible to put animal names in the description? My kids like knowing them and I really like being able to properly spell things. We couldn't make out what your grey & white kitty's name is in the previous video!

  19. You are so right. They do memorize routines. I was able to ride the personal horse of a reserve Canadian equestrian champion, (22 yrs old) and he anticipated the next gait without fail consistently leading with the inside leg. Very smart. So what you did here is really awesome pointing this out and how following routine probably releases pressure. It also points out very clearly how things can improve. Removing everything but your legs is a sure way to do that, and you really did well!!!! Wish I had done that more.

  20. That is awesome being able to do that all right a list and fatulously as well that is very awesome wonderful begin to see enjoying it very much thank you for sharing

  21. dogs have a left and a right side, in agility, you can tell this when they come out of the tunnel, if you can catch it.I would have taken the boards out of the middle of the barn, to see what she would have done…maybe put some obstacles around

  22. I would like to see you try to get better on stopping as well as backing up you want it would be neat to be able to see and explain how you do it because it would be nice for us to be able to learn how to do that ourselves without reins or a saddle if you could

  23. our dogs have the same memory, we, as people do, as well.  daylight savings time isn't fun around here, I start a couple weeks out and slowly start changing the times the dogs eat, so as not to suddenly just change a full hour all at once.  Actually, I've decided not to make anything a "pattern" I really don't want, as anything could happen, where I may not come home and I don't want them to be looking at their imaginary "watch".

  24. I have a Gypsy Cob. I just got him a few months ago. Going from an Arabian mare to this guy is so different. I’m having a hard time just letting myself trust him and don’t know why? Would love your thoughts on this. Great video today! Good job 👍🏻

  25. That is soo cool that she is doing that. Our horse would never willingly go through cavaletti if she can avoid it 😂

  26. It was definitely interesting. I thought the horse would just stand there and never imagined she would just keep going.

  27. I love how you ask her nicely … An she responds with a very willing heart. She wants to please you. Very nice horsemanship!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  28. When I was a teenager, I frequently rode my heart horse, Fancy Dancer without any tack. I even ran barrels on her bareback and bridless. I wouldn't want to do that now, when I'm 66 years old, but what you did today, I would do. I'm training my daughter's horse now, then I have 4 more to train. I would not ride a horse without tack that is not well trained! Nice video, Brandi. You do a lot of the things with horses that I have done.

  29. This is cool- it shows that the horse has her own joy of motion. (Unlike arthritic old me!) of course she likes to move!

    Did you use your hand on her shoulder to steer? Or all leg? She does revert to clockwise.

    Rider micromanagement! What a concept! Over steering was an issue for me learning to drive a car or a boat…

    Horse’s willingness to try what we ask is really amazing. 💕

  30. I really enjoyed this video. It was fun seeing Nicona take you around while doing her own thing. I think it is important for people to see that they don’t need tack to ride their horse and it doesn’t always need to be a structured lesson. I laughed every time she jumped over the poles😂 she’s so smart!

  31. I think this video is a wonderful example of repetition with horses people say that they can't get the horses to do things well this video proves repetition can get your horse to do it great video I love it

  32. Yes, great video- I love the idea of getting out of our horse’s way….I’ve been working on lightening up on my hands lately and giving the horse more responsibility (not micromanaging) particularly while jumping. I had a really great lesson last night so something is definitely working!

  33. My most favorite horses are Nica and Manzer, they’re both are sooooo cute then adorable but really calm and have great personalities, Manzer reminds me a lot of my horse that I had all throughout my childhood. His name was Marker, he was also the greatest and most loving horse ever, I just love him so much but unfortunately he passed away two years ago. I really miss him so much but he’ll always be in my heart, I’ve been watching your videos since March, I really love to watch videos with Manzer in them because he’s such an adorable then funny colt. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  34. I loved this!! So much! The more liberty, the better. I just love it. Working with the horses instead of telling them what to do all the time. Games, and more games, and then some more just cuz. 😀 I love it!

  35. I find it very interesting. She is beautiful what kind of horse is she. I thought she was some kind of Appaloosa. Your voice is very soothing. Thankyou.she very obedient.does she listen to verbal commands? Have a great day

  36. The video today was amazing. Your horse loves you as much as you love her. Is there another horse that you would ride without reins or a halter?

  37. Really enjoyed this video and it will be interesting to see how you both progress the more you do this. Please do another in a few weeks / months whatever fits in best with you.👍

  38. I'd love to see this with your other lesson horses and see what kinds of patterns they have memorized. I wonder if you put up a ground pole course if they'd take you over them. Or how high the poles have to be before Nocona decides she'd rather go around them

  39. Yes please , this was very interesting 🤔 . I have no formal training so this is great , just to see how it goes .

  40. I like this mare she looks very kind and sweet. Is she an Appaloosa? Horses enjoy being ridden tack-less. They enjoy the freedom of it.

  41. Hi Brandi. I am a novice Rider and I would like to understand what it means when you say use your legs. What part of your legs should I ride or be using with or without a saddle? The thighs and calves or heels? Thank you Marypat

  42. I was wandering if you can do a video on how to bond with the horses I had one never saddle ask me to get on her back I did tell off first time but got back on bair back no lead

  43. This reminds me of when I switched from oil paints to watercolors. Oil paint goes where you put it, with watercolors it's much more of a dance.

  44. So beautiful to watch you ride with no halter. And a beautiful mare too! She looks really comfortable to ride, especially for bareback riding. l used to do lots of bareback riding in my youth usually with a plain snaffle bridle, but sometimes with just the halter and lead rope tied. one day I decided, just like you, to slip his head collar off. For me, however, things didn't go according to plan. I had come back from a ride and rode Rip into his field to turn him out. The field was on a downward slope, at first I think Rip was a little surprised when I took the halter off and so wouldn't budge, I user my legs to urge him forwards, and off we went down the hill, a little to fast and very quickly l realised l had no brakes! then he just put his head down and stopped suddenly. I slid down his neck and landed splat, right in the middle of a huge big cow pat (POOP) to make matters worse I discovered my once white jodhpurs now covered in stinky cow poo were torn wide open in a rather sensitive area! How completely embarrassing! I looked behind me and Rip was happily munching away on the grass. I was in my early teens, thank goodness I wasn't with any pals that day, can you imagine? Plus I was only minuets to my parent's house 😂🤣🤣🤣

  45. I like to see what's on her mind. She is constantly listening turning her ears to hear you but she seems to b having fun and is quite responsive to leg pressure. You 2 are having way too much fun. Excellent! Woo hoo! Janie my walker she was pressure trained, but I never rode her without a halter or bridle. I would lay her lead rope over my lap.

  46. I love videos like this!! When I'm getting a horse back into riding after injury, or when I start backing a 4 yr old, I do this. As it shows my students and teaches my students that the horses they are riding, respond not only to just the leg, but also helps them stay balanced and help the horse stay balanced. Great video Brandi!! Best Regards from Ontario, Canada, Jenn.

  47. what a beautiful horse ,, and I think she's fat ,,, Is she fat??? anyway , she is doing well even though she seems a bit confused ,

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