Jessie Jacobs (plays Melanie in the saddle club)
Answer:yes, you can ride a horse without a saddle as well as without a bridle too. called bareback and its really fun, especially swimming with your horse!
I agree,I loved swimming with some of my horses.But be careful..not all horses can
swim!! Most definitely! It is much more difficult to keep your balance but can be done. Instead of reins you can hold on t the horse's mane. He won't mind one bit.
Bareback will also lead to better communication with body signals.
First, make sure the horse is groomed and hoof picked. Then take the saddle blanket and place it on the horses withers, on the area of the horse's back where the saddle will go. Next, place the saddle on top of the blanket about 1-2 inches from the end nearest the horse's head. Make sure the cinch is straight, then reach under the horse's belly and grab it. Grab the girth and slide the latigo through the ring of the cinch. Repeat at least once more tightening the latigo further. Make sure the horse doesn't bloat. Most horses do so walk them around if need be. Find a hole and once it's tight, buckle it in the hole and then stick the rest of the latigo through the latigo holder. Walk the horse around to make sure the saddle's not pinching him, then mount and ride!!
Well, the bridle is used to control a horse by a metal fitting placed in it's mouth called a bit. The bridle consists of a browband, throat latch, noeseband, head peice, reins and a bit. The head peice hold the bridle to the head and the throat latch secures it. Then two straps go down the side of the head that connect to the bit, which sit in the horse mouth (this is used to steer the horse). Reins are then attached to the bit that run up to the riders hand. There are many types of bridles but this answer describes a basic all-purpose bridle.
There are some bridles, mainly western, that have no bit, called bosals, or a bitless bridle with shanks, called a hackamore, and these are used when a horse is neck-reined. Western bridles also do not have a nosband, unless they are bitless, and some don't have a throatlatch or a browband.
The bit and reins are the main thing that is used to control the horse. The rest just holds the bit in the mouth. A western horse is often trained to go left when the rein touches the right side of his neck, and vice versa, called neck reining, while most English horses are trained to go left when you pull the left rein, called direct-reining or plow reining.
That is how the bridle works.
Yes, you can do it. A lot of people do.