True Trust – Bareback and Bridleless
This video shows what a beautiful trusting relationship can look like. Stacy and her Arabian mare ‘True’ go on a 4 1/2 mile trail ride in a local canyon.
She purchased True as a 4yo in 2004 after finding out she had cancer and needed a reason and a positive thing in her life as well as another focus. Interestingly True and Stacy have the same birthday.
True was halter broken but hadn’t been ridden, so she and Stacy’s family gave her a good reason to want to stick around. Stacy did one year of ground work with her which really helped establish their relationship.
When she finally got on her back, after the fourth time she was able to take her out on the trail. So far, Stacy has never been tossed off or hurt by her horses.
She says “I think this is because I create a trusting relationship and begin after their minds and bodies have been allowed to develop. I can’t imagine actually riding any of my horses at the age of 2 like many people do. I find I have been able to avoid any issues or trauma because my horses minds are allowed to develop before I ask them to carry me. I also think horses need a decisive leader, and once they trust you they will easily allow you to call the shots as long as you do it with gentle authority. I love this mare, as I do my other horses. She is a great endurance competitor as well and has a calm disposition.”
Be sure to watch the second half of this video to fully appreciate their relationship.