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    04-07-2009, 04:00 PM
Ground control

Im riding a new horse and he walks when you put his bridle on. He also tosses his head and it can be hard to get a hold on him since he's about 16 hands. When I go to bridle him I put his halter around his neck, but once he starts walking out of the cross tie this still doesnt give me control. Is it okay to attach his lead rope to the halter when its around his neck?

Also, what are some ways to get him to stand still, and bring him under control if he starts walking? Does turning him around and walking him back into the cross tie work?

Thanks, he's a very new horse for me and I want to be able to bridle him. Any tips are appreciated
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    04-07-2009, 04:08 PM
I have used hobbles before, but if you are not experienced you can get your horse or you hurt. That is for the moving part. I'm not sure what is going on with his head. Have you had his teeth checked. Maybe he is just hating the bit you are useing or something. Are his ers sensitive?
    04-07-2009, 05:43 PM
I would teach him to stop and woah with your command. He needs to learn that when your working around him, he is to stay put. Various area's around the barn "park" him. Ask him to stand and stay. Putting the leadrope around his neck wont hurt him, but make sure its not dangling down to his legs on the other side. Stand next to him, ignore him, and if he walks off, correct him and replace him.

Now for the bridleing part, he sounds headshy. Start desensitizing him, rubbing things over his head - but be careful to not stress him out. Im working with an OTTB that is only headshy when you touch his ears. Just take it slow, he's got to figure you out as well.

Good luck :)

    04-07-2009, 07:04 PM
Every time he moves, simply take the lead line and disengage his hips (asking his hip..the one closest to you, to move away and this crosses the back feet and it stops all forward movement). Do it with energy and he'll learn when he moves = you control the movement and ask more of him (it's harder to cross over in the back feet than it is to circle or walk straight ahead). When he stands still, he gets to just stand there.
Won't take long for him to choose to stand still.
    04-07-2009, 07:47 PM
One of mine was very headshy when I first got him.. I was patient with him and spent a lot of time standing next to his head rubbing him and relaxing him before bridling. You have to be gentle and let him know you're not going to hurt him. He's after progressing so much and is much more relaxed when I face him with his bridle!

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