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    11-21-2009, 11:18 PM
  #1
Yearling
Need some bit of advice

I need a bit of advice for the Yearling filly we have, Sunfire.
She is a very good all around horse, Honestly, I don't have much problem with her, she picks her feet up like a charm, you can touch her all over.
My only issue is she is abit like pepper, and I mean it, she even is a dun! LOL
Anyways, Sunfire is abit finicky, I can do the halter things, usually I don't have trouble getting a halter on her, or persuading her to put it on without fuss.
But when she doesnt want to move, she will toss her head up and down and not budge.
She doesnt really want to open her mouth, ( we had to deworm her again and she wouldnt let us put our hand near her mouth without her moving all over and throwing her head up and down)
Im seriously at a loss, Im afraid she will be like how pepper is with the bit and with things in her mouth and I just don't want that, im thinking of desensitizing her around the face more, but any more suggestions ?
She does lower her head, pretty well.
But when you just try to get anything near her mouth, she starts moving and trying to plow you over and throwing her head.
     
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    11-21-2009, 11:36 PM
  #2
Yearling
I'd try some desensatizing, just touching her face all over and playing with her lips. Get her comfortable with the little things, then work up to an object like a bit or dewormer...one of my mares HATES being dewormed and used to run right through you to avoid it - I had the vet come vaccinate her that year! I did ALOT of work with her head, just touching and fussing and she eventually got over it. Still doesn't LIKE it, but tolerates it ok. Let us know how it goes!
     
    11-22-2009, 08:46 AM
  #3
Weanling
Approach and retreat :)
     
    11-22-2009, 09:15 AM
  #4
Yearling
Has she not had any good experiences with her mouth? A lot of people are against feeding horses treats, but if you give her a treat from your hand, she will see not all experiences messing with her mouth are bad or scary, lol.

But you said she was a yearling too, so she may just need to get used to it. And maybe even bond with you more? An old saying I heard, was the horse trusts you when you can touch between their eyes,( as they can't see you hand), without their head moving, if they stay relaxed.

When I first got Bo, he was horrible about tossing his head up for anything! He was a two yr old. I worked John lyons in the round pen, to build trust, work on lowering his head at the poll (he did fine with a halter) but not with the bridle. I realized he just wasn't used to the movements of my hands around his face like that, which trust plays a major part. So I started with just my hand, moving it slowly, then as fast as I would with the bridle, then I just practiced taking the headstall on and off, then finally accepting the bit. (not moving to the other step until he was relaxed and fine with the previous. Lol and it definitely didn't happen over night)

But Bo is used to me handling his mouth. He knows it could be wormer, or a bit, or just my hand, or treats. We have a better bond now, and he won't even raise his head when I put the bit in! Before, my trainer had to tie his head down, but now, I don't have too. I hope this helps!
     
    11-22-2009, 01:12 PM
  #5
Yearling
I can pet her between her eyes and everything, and handle her around the face. But anything to do with the mouth she just makes it seem like it is the end of the world ! :S
So I will definitally work with handling her mouth, but I do need to give her the dewormer.

I don't know if she had any bad experiances in the past, we bought her when we bought indigo off our farrier ( we are looking at getting a new one now, because we don't like the current one)
     
    11-22-2009, 09:54 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TwisterRush    
I need a bit of advice for the Yearling filly we have, Sunfire.
She is a very good all around horse, Honestly, I don't have much problem with her, she picks her feet up like a charm, you can touch her all over.
My only issue is she is abit like pepper, and I mean it, she even is a dun! LOL
Anyways, Sunfire is abit finicky, I can do the halter things, usually I don't have trouble getting a halter on her, or persuading her to put it on without fuss.
But when she doesnt want to move, she will toss her head up and down and not budge.
She doesnt really want to open her mouth, ( we had to deworm her again and she wouldnt let us put our hand near her mouth without her moving all over and throwing her head up and down)
Im seriously at a loss, Im afraid she will be like how pepper is with the bit and with things in her mouth and I just don't want that, im thinking of desensitizing her around the face more, but any more suggestions ?
She does lower her head, pretty well.
But when you just try to get anything near her mouth, she starts moving and trying to plow you over and throwing her head.
She's just being a brat. You need to not let her win. However you go about it, always be consistant. She'll soon learn.

Ask her, if that doesn't work, tell her.. if that doesn't work, demand it. "Releasing is teaching". Keep buggin her by pulling her around, pulling her head back to you and when she is still, release the lead to slack. Soon as she starts jiggin again, repeat the process. Consistency!
     
    12-11-2009, 01:57 PM
  #7
Foal
Approach and Retreat--Very nice!!
     

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