Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
So..I've found out the supposed reason for ST's bridling issues (backing up and throwing her head up in the air)..
Apparently a few years ago she got a front leg injury and had to habe antibiotics or the such for 3 months. At first BO did injections (because she finds them easier) three times a day amd eventually they couldn't touch her, so they switched to oral medication twice a day. After starting the oral, it ended in her being untouchable and she'd throw her head up too high for BO to even reach, so they went back to injections.
She's now better with injections, but they cant evem worm her with the tube, they have to put it in her grain.
So..I have a reason for her not wanting to bridle, and it definitely makes sense. The bridle part isnt the problem, because I can put a hack on her just fine. As soon as the bit touches herlips she starts throwing her head up. I know it's not the bit; I've had her in 5 different kinds (snaffles, 3-piece reiners, jr cowhorse, etc) and doesnt have a problem riding with it. She's hit her teeth once when we first started riding with a bit (I had no lateral control with the hack and she only neck reined when she felt like it), and it hasnt happened since.
Soo, we're going to start working on just putting it in and out everytime I go out to see her. I went out tuesday and took pictures (I'll get those up as soon as I can get to my computer), brushed her real good, picked out her feet (and Im glad the farriers coming beginning of next week lol), amd just bridled her for a good 15-20 minutes. She drops her head great when I put my hand over her poll to center the bridle, and as soon as the bit touches she throws her head up. Everytime I just moved with her until she stopped flicking her head around (although it was still up high) and put the bit in, and then she'd drop her head again for me to put the bridle over her ears. She'd do well, and then she'd throw a really big fit, do well, and then another big fit..We ended on a good note though and I bridled her maybe 8-12 times with each of my 3 bridles (that had bits lol).
So..does anyone else have any suggestions on what y'all've done before? I know this way worked for Lucky, but I figured more options never hurt :p
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