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post #21 of 25 Old 03-26-2008, 01:14 PM
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First tug on the reins and say Head Up! Then start tapping on her shoulder and keep tapping quicker and harder until your are about slapping her neck if you need to, her head will come up, then rub her out and ask her to walk.
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post #22 of 25 Old 03-26-2008, 01:17 PM
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Well that doesn't sound like a bitless problem that sounds like a horse problem. Try using one rein and jerk upwards hard or try to pull one rein towards you so she'll turn in a circle

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post #23 of 25 Old 03-26-2008, 05:00 PM
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He most likely needs his teeth done.
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post #24 of 25 Old 03-26-2008, 11:04 PM
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A bit might be hurting him, the way you describe him it seems like he is trying to evade pain. I would have his mouth checked, but pain or no pain, bitless is great:)
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post #25 of 25 Old 03-26-2008, 11:34 PM
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I hate when people don't think bitlesses don't work! Like when they say "Those things don't give you enough control" As if you can ever CONTROL a horse! The horse is trained to give in to pressure. If he can be trained to respond to pressure in his mouth he can certainly be trained to give into pressure on his nose. Whitney is not an easy horse to ride. She likes to bolt and try to take off and sometimes rears and bucks. Definitely wouldn't put a kid on her. If she can work in a bitless, any horse can.
I couldnt agree more! Regardless if you have a bit or not if the horse doesnt want to listen its not going to.

As for the trying to eat. Hmm. What i did with my boy....since if he eats just once he thinks he can do it every time and boy will he try...... i use a very growly voise, and like what Chicalove said a jerk with one rein. And to make it more effective do it before he gets his head down. And make sure you keep riding him forward.
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