Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
I've only sweetened up a bit like that for a horse that was spoiled or sour, but had already been there. Mostly as a trick to make them take the bit and buy me time to get the headstall on and start the whole "it's not a bad thing" process.
For introducing the bit, honey or molasses or something along those lines isn't necessary. As long as you can get the bit in their mouth without a BIG fight, you don't need to trick them into it.
"all I ever dreamt about was makin' it; they ain't giving it, I'm taking it"