Monday, February 22, 2010

Fox Hunting Bridleless!


In my travels throughout the web researching the Micklem bridle and other bitless bridles, I somehow stumbled across this rather awesome page. Chris Armour's Help for Heroes page A huntsman named Chris Armour has a fund raising page set up to raise money for soldiers wounded in the conflict in the Middle East. He rode his horse on a hunt without a bridle to bring interest to the cause. If you go to the link, be sure to check out the pictures on the page.

I also found a video of his ride!



More pictures can be found here Saddlesoap.co.uk.

I wish I could have seen more. I've fox hunted in the past and it can be a wild ride sometimes. I give Mr. Armour and his horse, River, credit to have that good a partnership that they could safely ride in company out in the open country without a bit or bridle. I've seen demonstrations of bridleless riding, much like those about to follow, but never quite in this context.

Here are 3 more really great videos of bridleless riding;







And no bridleless riding post would be complete without Stacey Westfall and Roxy!



"Sigh" I can't wait for this winter to thaw out. I miss riding.

6 comments:

Jean said...

I remember seeing the Foxfield drill team at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden when I was still showing hunters. Sent me home to try it with my horse...successfully, I may add.

It put me in good stead once when I was doing a warm up ride on an outside course at an "A" rated show and as we headed for a fence, my bit broke! There I was, in the air over a 3'6" fence, with two useless reins in my hands. Bless my boy because a few strides after landing, I circled him down to a trot, then a walk, and we were home safe.

The foxhunting video is really fun, and proof of what a "made" hunter is all about. Love it! As for Stacey...what more can be said?

History dictates that spring will come. Yeah, right......

Golden the Pony Girl said...

Wow those are so neat! I cannot wait till I can watch these on my lunch break! I am really interested in riding with out a bridle. It is nice to see some really successful riders trying it out as well!

Cousin B said...

Wow, I really enjoyed these videos...thanks for sharing! But, "sigh" I wish I could look like that when riding...

Jennifer said...

Come and Get it... =)

http://hunterintraining.blogspot.com/2010/02/and-awards-go-to.html

Once Upon an Equine said...

Those videos are very impressive; such talented riders and well trained horses.

And I liked your clever ideas of what to do with those white riding boots on Behind the Bit's blog.

Kritter Keeper said...

it was good to see david and karen. i event, low levels. loved the stacey girl...such hard work. thank you so much for gathering all of those videos and showing us!!!