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post #1 of 9 Old 11-09-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Bridle

at what age can a horse start wearing a bridle?
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Do you mean to use riding or just to start getting them used to the idea of having a bit in their mouth?

If they are already used to a halter, then they are already used to a bridle w/ no bit. (a bridle is essentially a halter modified to hold a bit)

If you mean to introduce a bit into the equation, age wise I've seen it been introduced around a year old. BUT, FIRST the horse was taught properly about responding to pressure (lowering head, opening mouth, etc.) and was at a point in training where the groundwork had already been laid (if that makes sense,lol).

Basically, if the horse isn't ready to accept and respond correctly and calmly to pressure, you've got other things to work on first.

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Do you mean to use riding or just to start getting them used to the idea of having a bit in their mouth?

If they are already used to a halter, then they are already used to a bridle w/ no bit. (a bridle is essentially a halter modified to hold a bit)

If you mean to introduce a bit into the equation, age wise I've seen it been introduced around a year old. BUT, FIRST the horse was taught properly about responding to pressure (lowering head, opening mouth, etc.) and was at a point in training where the groundwork had already been laid (if that makes sense,lol).

Basically, if the horse isn't ready to accept and respond correctly and calmly to pressure, you've got other things to work on first.
i just want to train my long yearling to accept the bit-no riding yet.
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Does he accept having you going through the motions of putting a bridle & bit on w/o actually doing it? For example, having your arm over his poll holding the headstall on his forehead and using your thumb to open his mouth?

Once our yearling would stand quietly for that, then and ONLY then did we introduce a bit. I made sure it was warm before I stuck it in there, and had used to best guess to make sure it was adjusted to the correct length before I put it on. At first I left the halter on underneath, and would use the halter & lead to move him around. My goal was to just let him get comfortable with the idea of having something in his mouth before I started using it to ask for anything.

Just don't rush things!!! You'll spend more time and headaches in the long run trying to fix the problems created by rushing things than you would if you took your time in the first place.

It also depends on your horse. Some of them are mentally ready to move onto using a bit in training, some of them are not.

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Don't be mad, I was trying to post a picture and couldn't and had the wrong category anyway. My apologies
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