Yesterday morning I decided to ride Pie in just his halter. Here he is in the barn before we headed out. I hooked two green leadlines to his halter and then tied them together. I ride Sovereign like this a lot, but I usually use the bitless bridle with Pie. Pie did not want to go out of the barn like he was telling me that I forgot to put his bridle on him.
Pie was very good for our ride. I knew he would be. He is a super sweet horse. He is very serious about trying to do his best at all the times. We stayed on the property but we rode through the woods and around the big field. I really don't feel like I am lacking control in the halter, but we only walked. I will have to try to trot next time. (Pie is getting a little plump so a few minutes of trotting might be in order anyway.) As far as side to side movement, though, Pie responds to my seat and legs so I don't need the bitless bridle for that.
Here he is getting a well-deserved carrot bite. Good boy, Pie! Next, I rode Sovey in his halter too. He was equally good, but he always is perfect to ride. I rode him to my mother's house and she was talking with her hands like she was conducting an orchestra. Sovey was following the movement with his head and making the cutest faces!
Today is Foggy's turn for a ride. He is a little bird. Of my three boys, Foggy is the easiest to ride and handle. Foggy is the type of horse that allows you to fool yourself. If I owned him first, I would have thought I was such an accomplished horsewoman without really knowing anything. He does everything you ask right away and without any problems. Riding him is like riding a bike. It takes Pie and Sovey to bring me back down to earth and remind me daily that I will always have something to learn from horses!