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post #1 of 19 Old 09-19-2010, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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i am going to my horse's second show and last one of the season while he is nice and black with the start of his winter coat. he is a little nevous there but once i ride him he clams down. the only part that i am nervous about is bridling him in an open space. I am going myslef this time but my parents will be there but im still nervous that he will be nervous and be hard to get the bridle on. last time he was fine...but he was a little rebelious.. is there any tips or tricks to help with that? like keeping the halter on while putting the bridle on? thanks :)
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post #2 of 19 Old 09-19-2010, 07:12 PM
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I fasten the halter around their neck, really right behind their poll.
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post #3 of 19 Old 09-19-2010, 07:17 PM
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That's what I do too. I take the halter off their nose and tye it again around their neck while I bridle. That way, if they act like a butt when I try to bridle them, they are still tied and can't go running around loose.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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Ditto everyone else :)
Use the halter around their neck or invest in one of these:
Neck Collar Black - Statelinetack.com

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post #5 of 19 Old 09-20-2010, 01:25 PM
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I have used cookies. My horse was origionally difficult to bridle. I would hold a cookie above the bit. Bit goes right on in with the cookie. My trainer says, "I'm not opposed to the occasional bribery."
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If nothing else works, put your bridle on over a rope halter, buckle everything loosely to get the halter off then tighen 'em back up. I'd try the halter around neck first though. :)
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If he is just reluctant to take the bit, you can also try dipping the bit in molasses or they make those apple flavored bit wrap thingies.

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Another ditto to having the halter around his neck while bridling, just in case.

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If he is just reluctant to take the bit, you can also try dipping the bit in molasses or they make those apple flavored bit wrap thingies.
I've heard of people wrapping bits with Fruit Roll-Ups, too. Might be cheaper and easier to get fast than "official" bit wraps.

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post #9 of 19 Old 09-20-2010, 03:51 PM
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^^That's a good idea, I hadn't thought of those .

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those are all good ideas! thank you :)
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