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post #1 of 4 Old 05-17-2010, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Bridle Fit

So, I'm kind of wondering if I really ought to find an actual lesson barn and only ride for fun at the barn I'm at now..but I'm not positive, as I've been wondering about a few of the things they/she do/does here. This is one of the things I've been wondering about though.

When you bridle a horse, the headpiece should go over the ears without pulling and bending of the ears, right? I'm pretty sure that it should go over the ears rather easily without having to yank the ears through, but I thought I ought to ask anyway..

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-17-2010, 10:02 AM
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It shouldn't be a struggle to get the bridle on, but you do have to flatten the ears down then pull them through. If the bridle is able to easily lift up enough to fit over the ears without them bending at all, the bit likely wouldn't sit right in the mouth. Again, bending is okay, but if it's a struggle, that's not good.
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It shouldn't be a struggle to get the bridle on, but you do have to flatten the ears down then pull them through. If the bridle is able to easily lift up enough to fit over the ears without them bending at all, the bit likely wouldn't sit right in the mouth. Again, bending is okay, but if it's a struggle, that's not good.
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I agree, gentle flattening of the ears is correct for the bit to be proper and you ALWAYS want to watch that as you go over the ears you aren't inadvertently yanking the mouth.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-17-2010, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Well..the horse that I'm a bit worried about has the bit put in after his bridle is on, it clips on.
It's rather noticeable that it's a struggle to get his ears through the headpiece. The rest of the horses (to my knowledge, that I've ridden there) are fine, but it's just the draft (who ended up as my favourite horse now that he doesn't think I'm trying to kill him) that has the struggle with his ears fitting though.
He's headshy, and I'm pretty sure that this is the reason for being, but I've only known him for a year and only seen his half-owner bridling him two or three times.
I'd like to confront the BO and half-owner about this, as its difficult to get his bridle on myself, because I'd rather not yank on his ears like so and have him spin and move to his "safe corner" of this stall. My BO holds this against me (I believe) and tells my friend about how inexperienced I am because I can't get this horse's bridle on. I can, but I'm not too fond of losing his trust again and having him either run from or bite at me because he's scared. So, what I was trying to say-how would you confront a BO that considers you inexperienced (even though I am in some things, and I admit that, but everyone is) about this?
I hate to see him move to his corner as soon as he sees the bridle and and have the BO yell at him because he moves.
And-would you even consider taking lessons from this BO when you see her hollering at a horse because it doesn't want his ears yanked and hurt?
Sorry, got a tad off topic, but still depended on the topic..I don't think that made sense. >.<;;

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