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        07-22-2009, 12:56 PM

    My gelding has a problem with the bridle. As in, the-only-way-I-can-bridle-him-is-to-hide-the-bridle-behind-my-back kind of problem. He will toss his head as high as he can and step away from me whenever I attempt to bridle him. I've only ridden him once, but I've been practicing saddling him both in the cross-ties and in his stall.
    What can I do to get him to lower his head and keep it there for me? It's always a hassle bridling him, and I hate it!
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        07-22-2009, 01:09 PM
    Green Broke
    It's going to take a bit of work, but teach him to give to pressure at the poll by lowering his head. Use firm, but gentle, pressure from your hand at his poll and release when he gives. Ask him for more lowering and a longer hold time in the "down" as he gets it. Keep the bridle out of the equation completely until he has this down, then introduce that as the next step.
        07-22-2009, 01:44 PM
    Could it be that somehow he's uncomfortable or in pain?
    What kind of bit does he go in? It might just be bad habit, but it might also be caused by something else.

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