Donald Redux wrote:
I have to wonder if there aren't people hiding out where I live who do or would like to do this: bitless riding.
there are lots of them :-) even over here, but you wont find them easy because they keep the secrets for themselves. It is their journey with the horse. They dont need a competition,.... it's simply there.....
I'm inspired, as I just finished a session with Bonnie, a short one, where after she had her wild time, running down the dirt roads through the deep dark woods, kicking and bucking and sliding and turning, we took a little break then I asked her if she would let me lead her by the halter (she was not ever really haltered until just a few days ago). And what did she do? She said to me, "tease me with a treat and I'll not only go with you, I'll let you tug on the halter first." What a thrill. For me.
Heck, instead of "competitions," let's just have "meetings," "seminars," (in the academic sense where we all share and learn from each other), and guest "lecturers," in the old sense of "university," that came out of Europe during the Age of Enlightenment.
From my point of view "Competition," is dead dead dead. We can go so much further by other means. And gain so much more.
complety agree with you
When the orthodox can take of their horse's bridles and ride with a cord around the horse's neck I'll be more inclined to be more attentive to their boundaries. I think I'll have a long wait, don't you?
yes you have to wait very long
We go for a try to confice some jury people to ride bitless with their own horses. The KNHS give us the accomodation and we have the bridles. So let them ride and find out.
i hope they get a different point of view for those who wanna compete bitless and so they may compete and dont have to fight against the jury also. then they have a fair change between the bit people.....i hope.....the more open minded jury the better for the horses.