With scientific research to prove their point, trainers Andrea and Markus Eschbach show readers how they can train and ride horses in a way that is safe, even when using very little equipment/minimal tack. This book is the first step toward your dream of riding your horse bareback, without a bit, and even without a bridle, while still feeling secure and in control.
Open your mind and prepare to discover how you can ride confidently and in control without a bit, without a bridle, without a saddle—even without all three! In fact, you can prepare your horse to react to the most subtle of aids and the lightest of touches so you feel safe whether you are riding with traditional tack, or not.
Riding Free examines the psychology and physiology of the horse and how a bit in his mouth and a saddle on his back impacts his state of mind and body. Then, basic how-to steps walk you through using a bitless bridle (for everyday training as well as competition); a neck ring (with or without a saddle); and mounting and riding bareback, at all gaits. In addition, you’ll find specific exercises for perfecting communication between horse and rider, both on the ground and on your horse’s back.
Andrea and Markus Eschbach are known throughout Europe. They teach clinics focusing on their method of training horses with minimal equipment – riding without a bit, saddle, and even bridle. 128 pgs PB