Trouble Pulling the Mane
Okay, so I know how to pull a mane/have done it many times with past/present horses. My horse Mouse, used to not care bout getting his mane pulled, but now he is absolutely terrible. Especially by his head. Its so bad that when I even touch the end of the mane, and start to comb it up-he yanks his head up and twists. Another way he reacts is turn his head all the way around(In cross-ties) and nibbling on whatever he can get his mouth on which makes it nearly impossible to efficiently pull the mane, or he knocks me off the stool(in a non-aggressive way. It's hard to describe but I think you will get the picture
Other than mildly sedating him, do you guys know any techniques to get him back to where he was relaxed and "enjoyed" (to say the least) me pulling his mane.
In addition to this, he is obnoxious when I braid him too, not as bad as pulling his mane but he turns his head to nibble the cross tie somehow that is attached to his cheek-weird horse- or will even pants me! Once I get the first 5 or so braids he gets better but I want to improve his behaviors while standing in the cross ties.
How do I correct him being mouthy, "jiggy", etc while I'm dealing with him? Some days he is fine, others he is just ADHD and finds silly ways to amuse himself.