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post #1 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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This may seem like a stupid question and has probably have been asked like a million times.
But how do you get a horse to let you but a bit in its mouth for the first time is it doesn't wont you to?(hope t his makes sense.)

I have been backing Molly but she has been bitted yet as was waiting for her bridle to come in the post. Now I have one, so I was going to try her in a bit I have here to see if it fits because it looks like it might fit, however when I go near her with teh bit she clamps her mouth closed as I can't get it in, I have evan tried coating it in mollasis.

Any ideas would be helpful as don't want have to buy a bitless bridle as other her they are pricey and the one I just got her I like alot.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 08:08 AM
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do you know how to put a bit in a horses mouth, ( stand by the horse neck then depending which side your on your going to grab the top of the bridal with you right hand (if your on the left side of the neck) then you re going to put your right hand under the bit, then stick you thumb in the back of the lip causeing the horse to open the mouth then and only thn when the mouth is open put the bit in.... if you try to force it in, there will be some trust issues and the horse will bob his head every time you ever try to do put the bit in hope this helped!
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 09:39 AM
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Can't really help ya, I've never had much problems with getting a bit in the mouth... my problems (old problems, at least) were getting the horse to let go of the bit so I could take it out of his mouth!

Good luck!
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 11:20 PM
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Food. If they won't open with a finger across their bar(the space in their gum between the teeth), then food. Slip it in while they gobble. Molasses on the bit works as well. But only do it once or twice :) Also, make sure the bit is warm first - put it in your hands and get it toasty. Good luck!
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 11:28 PM
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All the youngster i've 'bitted' for the first time, I actually don't use a bit...

getting them to open their mouths, accept it.. etc ..

All i do is use the lead rope, make a loop .. hold it over the head like so and ask the same cues you would an already bitted horse.

Keep doing this, once they accept it and are fine with it then change to using a bridle (don't worry about a nose band)..

once she accepts the rope, she'll accept the bit.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-20-2012, 06:20 AM
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Once you get her to start taking the bit, you can keep it a rewarding and happy experience by immediately following the bit with a chunk of food. My horse is a 3 year old, and so she was broke, but is still learning, and within a matter of weeks, just by properly giving her the bit (though there were days I mega screwed up, poor patient horsey that she is!), then a small chunk of carrot and praise within seconds. She is now to the point where she will open her mouth readily for the bit and also drops her head down for the bridle as soon as its in my hand. And I don't have to reward her all the time now, just on occasion to keep up the good behavior!
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