The Transition to Bitless Riding presentations I did at Equitana in Melbourne recently were a huge success and attended by lots of people looking at riding bitless. With the help of Nelly Jaehne and her young nieces, Nadia and Annie, we showed all the steps to train or transition to a bitless bridle. These are especially important for green horses and riders as many educated horses have no problems with changing over to a bitless bridle.
The two horses who helped demonstrate the groundwork tasks then how it translated to riding, were a 3yo Clydy x Friesian gelding and a 2yo Gypsy Cob colt so their educaiton was just beginning.
The work we had done with them and the girls paid off when the PA system unexpectedly went crazy with lots of loud noise that scared the horses, but the girls kept perfect control with the use of the hindquarter yield they had been practising - until it became an automatic response which is what keeps a bitless rider (or any rider for that matter) safe and in control.
Interest from the two 45 minute presentations translated into lots of LightRider Bitless Bridle sales so I'm sure there will be many more happier horses out there enjoying the comfort of bitless and giving their riders a much nicer riding experience as a result.
Its interesting how if you focus on something long and hard enough things really start to happen.
As my passion is to help the world be a better place for horses through education and equipment - I've started instructing again.
This time its to do Bitless Riding workshops - where people who haven't delved deep into natural horsemanship, or who would like to know so much more about bitless can participate.
Our first workshop was a practice run so we kept it small - we being myself and fellow passionate bitless instructors Scilla and Melissa.
The next one will be on May 29th at Equus Euestrian Centre, Sandford, Tasmania then the plan is to have one in June in the north of the State.
In the meantime, Agfest (Tasmania's biggest rural expo attracting over 70,000 people) is having an Equestrian Expo this year so of course I'll be there and am scheduled to do a Bitless Riding Demo at 10am and 3pm daily. It's on the 6th, 7th and 8th of May so if you live in Tassie, it will be a good time to check out Agfest again.
In my demos I'll be showing how to select, fit and use a bitless bridle for a horse that hasn't been educated to bitless while Joylene will rider her lovely coloured stallion, Anawa, to show some more advanced moves.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Hi, I'm Cynthia Cooper - inventor of the LightRider Bitless Bridle.
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