Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Washington State
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!