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post #1 of 8 Old 06-16-2008, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with bridle

When i go try to put on Reggies bridle he always jerks his head up! And i am not the tallest so its hard to put on his bridle. I tried to bring his head down. But it will go right up again! Anyone have any ideas on how i would get his head down then slip the bridle on? If so can you plz plz tell me.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-16-2008, 11:35 AM
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how are his teeth? Are they due for a trim? You just said he had problems getting the bridle on...if he accepting the bit? Or not even doing that?

There was a mare at my stables that did that (I believe she still does that actually) and what I did was I'd take her halter off but put it around her neck so I can use that to pull her neck down (though at times it's impossible to hehe).

If it's just the bit that is making him throw up his head, try getting those flavor wraps for the bit and then slowly weanning off of them. Or putting a little syrup or molassas on it.

If he's accepting the bit alright, but doesn't want to put on around his ears then try working with a rope and putitng that on, around, through his ears and each time he lets you praise him and give him a treat.

Are you clanging the bit into his teeth? I find that that also makes a horse not want to accept the bit or the bridle
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-16-2008, 11:58 AM
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if it's not a physical problem, like sonny described, which more than likely it is.... then i would say to teach him to lower his head on cue..... start w/ a lead rope around the top of his neck and put some downward pressure on it, and as soon as he even starts moving his head down then let go..... if you keep doing this you can get his head, REALLY low, and then when you bridle him he'll listen to you cueing him to lower his head and will lower it

honestly check all the things that sonny said 1st, and if those are all fine then try this
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-16-2008, 12:45 PM
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After ruling out any physical problems, it could just be a respect issue and he's trying to see if he can get away with it every time you put the bridle on.

If its just a respect issue, you can teach him to lower is head. I taught Sadie this and she became an old pro at lowering her head every time she saw a halter or bridle in my hand!

Start with a rope halter and lead rope connected.
--A rope halter will apply more direct pressure than a wide halter. If you don't have one, just use the one you have. you may need a step stool or something to stand on if he tosses his head really high.

Hold the lead rope in your left hand and place you right hand fingers on his poll.
--If he won't even let you get your hand up there, stroke his neck until he relaxes and slowly just make you hand back up there until he lets you.

Once he lets you keep your hand on his poll, apply pressure with your fingers while pulling down with your lead rope.
--Try not to release the pressure if he tosses his head.

If he lowers his head, release the pressure on his poll with your hands and stop pulling on the lead rope.

He should eventually learn that when you apply pressure to his poll with your fingers, that means he has to lower his head.

Play around with that--make him lower his head all the way to the ground, do it with the bridle in your hand, and with the bridle on.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-16-2008, 12:58 PM
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--Try not to release the pressure if he tosses his head.
oops, forgot that part, which is very very important....... yeah, try as hard as you can not to release pressure
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-16-2008, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help! I know its not a phisical prob. he just dosent like it LOL! I will take your advice.

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-18-2008, 05:48 PM
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I didn't read prior posts but since you said its not a physical problem, I'd say its a training or riding problem.

A few things that worked for me:

- Sneak a treat. As the bit goes in, so does a yummy snack.
- Approach and retreat. Approach him, as his head shoots up, follow him, as best you can, if he drops his head even a little bit, retreat and rub him. It is a long process but, it will help. If you have a tall horse, like I did, grab a mounting block or step so that way you can stay with him.
- Go out on a day that you don't have enough time for a ride but enough time to mess around. Try the approach and retreat method and once he is bridled give him some grain or a few cookies and scratch his favorite itchy spots, unbridle him and then let him go play again.

The worst thing you can do is FORCE it in his mouth, it will only make things worse. I promise. I found that out the hard way.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-22-2008, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

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