getting a little frustrated
I have contacted a girl that is supposed to help me with my horse because he needs training everyday and I don't always have everyday. Anyhow, my latest obstacle is his head. I used the Clinton Anderson method on the headshy horse so that I could touch his face anywhere. Now, as long as its my hands I can touch his face and even between his ears, his ears were the worst the first week I got him. That problem was solved rather quickly. Well when I show him the bridle of course he gets all huffy and puffy, then as he is standing still I try to put it on his nose atleast to get started. He let me do that ok, but any other movements with it and he goes balistic! Raises his head even when I have pressure on his poll and backs himself up into a frenzy. I have tried using a lead rope and tying a knot so it was like reins, I worked on that one day and eventually he let me slide it on after an hour or so. Anyhow, why was it so easy to get him use to my hands/lead rope and not the bridle? I've taken the bit off to get past this problem first, the bit I can worry about after he stops throwing his head like an idiot! Also I don't like it because it's dangerous. He knows better than to knock me around though, he doesn't invade my space like that. He likes to turn and face me though also. What can I do?
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