Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: How to Start Riding Tackless With Elisa Wallace

Elisa Wallace and Hwin. Photo courtesy of Elisa Wallace.

I’ve been a big fan of Elisa Wallace ever since she started vlogging two years ago and it’s exciting to see how her YouTube channel (which recently surpassed 20,000 followers!) has grown over that time. It’s not every day you get to be a fly on the wall at a four-star eventer’s barn (OK, maybe it is if you’re a working student or lucky enough to board with one, but that’s not the majority of us!), but Elisa welcomes us all into her into her life once a week for a glimpse of how she manages her barn and trains her horses, and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the events she competes at.

If you’re at all familiar with Elisa, then you know that groundwork and tackless riding are important parts of her training program for all her horses — from her young OTTBs, to her Mustangs, to her four-star mount, Simply Priceless. This vlog episode gives us a more in-depth look at the cues and signals she uses to start teaching her horses to be ridden sans tack.

If you’re looking for something fun and different to work on with your horse this winter which will also help develop your partnership, then watch the video below to get started!