I’ve been hopping on my dressage horse bareback lately for fun. Realised it increases my confidence in my sometimes very naughty and very large Warmblood horse. I feel more connected to him and I trust he won’t hurt me. So a few days ago I went one step further and took the bridle off. After hacking him around the yard like this I went in the indoor school and had a trot. I have cantered him bareback in a bridle but I didn’t quite have the courage to canter bridle less. My next challenge is to go completely bare. No headcollar even!
Riding bareback is fine and easy once you allow your lower back to fully relax and follow the horse’s movement. Riding bridle less makes you realise you don’t actually need reins to steer your horse.
Thank you Malene for sharing your bareback adventures!
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