my approach is not working... horse fearful of the bridle
My big girl is utterly petrified of the bridle to the point where putting it on is a traumatic experience for both of us. I want to get her mouthed sooner rather than later [something I intend to do myself as I did a pretty darn good job on mum's pony if I do say so myself] and because I show I really do need her going in a bridle, else I'd just train her to ride in a halter.
Once it is on the bridle doesn't bother her at all but PUTTING it on is darn near impossible and like I said traumatic on all sides.
I've trained a horse to bridle before but that was Satin who was at the time only 12.2 or 12.3 and a different personality type [left brained introvert, not scared of anything!] so my approach was "you can't get away from it, don't bother trying". The trouble is, Magic CAN get away, simply by lifting her head, because she's 16hh-ish and I'm 5'2" with boots on. The more I just hold it there waiting for her to bring her head down to where I can reach it the more likely she is to explode when I do finally get the **** thing on, and putting it on then taking it off then putting it on again sends her to her "happy place" from which she has her biggest explosions.
I am dealing with an EXTREME right brained introvert, to use the Parelli horsenalities to describe her. She's not a bad horse, just a difficult personality type for me to work with. I am not a mad Parelli-ite, I am just a horse person who uses bits and pieces of whatever I come across, and "right brained introvert" describes her without making her sound like a killer.
Does anyone here have experience in teaching horses of that specific personality type to bridle? I'd love it if I could teach her not to freeze in the first place but in the mean time it's the bridling thing that keeps weighing on my mind. She is injured at the moment so is having a break from the learning side of things, just being handled for treatment, but when she heals I want to get back to work with her and have some more ideas up my sleeve.
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE