Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
I had a mare that wouldn't let you put a bit in her mouth. She would rear her head up, spin, put her head down to the ground....anything to avoid it.
My technique was quite boring...you have to be patient. I stayed very calm and soft spoken when she would act like this. I cupped the bit in my hand, and once she let me touch her lip with it, I held it to her mouth for a few seconds...once she stood still calmly, I took it away. Then a few seconds later, did it again...over and over. I took baby steps and then only asked her to put it between her lips....repeated the process....then finally, during all this used my thumb to tickle the bars and tongue where she would open her mouth and softly slid the bit in.....then I would take it back out....start over again. Sometimes, in the beginning I would stand there with her for an hour at a time. Eventually she calmed down and got over whatever it was.