Would You Be Brave Enough to Go Cross Country Without a Bridle?

Posted by Paige Cerulli
riding cross country

Riding cross country is a thrilling experience, but when this rider went cross country bridleless, she upped the ante. 

If you’ve ever headed out on a cross country course, then you know how intimidating it can be. The obstacles are solid, and somehow their size seems to grow as you get up toward them. And when you’re on an enthusiastic horse galloping around, it’s easy to feel a little bit out of control. Think that’s intimidating enough? Then you need to see this rider who sets out cross country bridleless.

This rider and horse do a beautiful job of navigating the course carefully, yet with confidence. The rider is using just a neck rope, yet the horse is clearly tuned into her and respects the signals that she’s giving him. They pick and choose their fences, even voyaging into the water element, and something tells us they’re having a ton of fun, too.

Take a look!

Bridleless Eventing – Cross en Cordelette (Août 2017)

/! NOUVELLE VIDÉO – METTRE EN HD /!L'autre jour, nous sommes retournées sur un cross différent de celui que je vous ai montré l'autre fois. Il s'agit du cross de Les écuries de Maret, un parcours flambant neuf, avec des obstacles allant des catégories 60 à 90, et un terrain vraiment top!. :)Après un petit échauffement en sidepull, nous nous lançons directement en cordelette <3. En effet, Unseelie était légère, super à l'écoute, et super motivée, ça promettait d'être EXTRA !Et… ça l'a été, et bien au delà de mes espérances :D! On ne s'est pas trop attardée sur les obstacles de 60, car ils deviennent vraiment trop faciles pour la belle ! ^^' Du coup on a visé plus haut, et, comment dire: tout est passé comme une lettre à la poste ! 😀 <3 C'est qu'elle tournerait sur du 90cm les doigts dans le nez la petite ! :PA la fin, on a même fait un plus gros enchaînement, sur lequel on s'est vraiment fait plaisir ! :)Je quitte cet endroit des étoiles plein les yeux, et je ne me lasse pas de revivre ces moments au travers des vidéos en caméra embarquée… Quelle jument extraordinaire, quelle chance, quel PUR BONHEUR ! Merci la vie de m'avoir fait croiser son chemin <3 <3.

Posted by Unseelie de Jacen & Julie on Monday, September 4, 2017

Now, don’t get any ideas – we’re not telling you to go jump around cross country bridleless. In fact, please don’t – not unless you’ve carefully worked your horse without a bridle and made sure that you have the responsiveness that you need out in the open. Not only does this rider have to be able to steer her horse, but she needs to be able to keep his focus, as well as to rate him when approaching fences. There’s little margin for error with solid fences, so a solid foundation in bridleless riding is an absolute must.

If you’re looking to introduce your horse to bridleless riding, take your time and be sure to do things right. Introduce a neck rope while also using a bridle, and make sure that your horse is responsive to your legs and body weight, rather than relying on a neck rope solely for steering. Be prepared for the fact that training a horse bridleless takes a long time.

Go slowly, stay safe, and have fun – and maybe we’ll see you on the cross country course one day!

Would you ever ride cross country bridleless? Tell us in the comments below.

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Would You Be Brave Enough to Go Cross Country Without a Bridle?