Originally Posted by stargrazing
Well,, just an update on Ginger and her bit problem. This morning I tried again to put her bit in her mouth, and failed. This time she broke the hitching post. I don't know. The previous owners must of done a number on her. I tried pulling down on her chin and falled. I wrapped the bit with fruit roll ups and showed her. No luck.
The poor girl! I feel so bad for her. I can put my fingers in her mouth and play with her tongue , rub her teeth ect. And she does nothing. I don't get it.
She sees that bit coming and panics. Bad memories I guess.
I am hoping in time she will trust me enough that I will not hurt her. But in the mean time does anyone know about bridling a horse without a bit??
When I first got my horse, we had very similar problems. Sadly, she was abused when she was younger and doesn't like her ears being touched at all as well. So what we would do is undo the cheek pieces, and put the headpiece over her ears first. Then we would put some molasses on her bit, reattach the cheek pieces. I'd hold her nose and rub onto her teeth. She was NOT happy the first few times, it was messy, and she would throw a huge fit. Eventually she realized it wasn't too bad, and the bit tasted really good. Horses really like the smell and taste of molasses. I would also have her halter around her neck, with someone holding the lead rope. She wouldn't go far, backing up a bit-- being tied up makes them freak out more. I would make sure the gates were closed.
Over, and over, and over we did this. It didn't get any better. I had her vet records so I knew she just got her teeth floated a few months before hand. But I had the vet look at her mouth anyway because I could feel a lot of sharp points. He said her teeth had never been floated-- she was only 5. After we got her fixed up, it only took a few more times for her to realize that the bit didn't hurt anymore. She was a lot better, still a little bratty. So we gave her cut up carrots after she accepted the bit (instead of molasses). Now she tries to help me put her bit in, and I only give her the carrots every once in a while.
You could try something like that. But you really should have a vet look at her mouth and make sure there isn't any problems. Otherwise you need to make the bit process as stress free as possible. I ride my horse in a jumping hackamore often tho (bitless option). She really likes it but I have troubles doing more than walking.