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post #1 of 2 Old 08-17-2008, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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New filly, don't want to mess this up!

I just last week purchased a 3 yr old AQHA Buckskin Filly that is broke to ride. It has been at least 1 1/2 years since I have messed with a horse because my mare died unexpectedly and I have not had the time to want to mess with another horse.

I have worked and ridden this mare about 4 times over the last week in trying to find out what things she needs to be worked with and what things I need to work on.

The first thing that I noticed is that she wants to raise her head when I try to put on the bridle. I personally prefer to use a bridle that is standard for western ridding, a Tom Thumb copper snaffle (or also known as a broken bit), a chinstrap, and split reins.

I do put my right hand up between her ears, lay the bridle over her face, and help gently guide the bit in with my left hand. She does stand still when I saddle her and tighten the cinch, but when I try to put the bridle on, she wants to move and raise her head.

After she has the bit in the mouth she acts like it, she is trying to lick her lips or try to mess with the bit in her mouth. It is adjusted to set just off the corner of her mouth and not in her teeth. In addition, the bit is over the tongue, not under. I did try once to switch bits to a standard straight bit with the little curve or hump in the middle and I still got the same response.

*What could I do to try to teach her to lower her head and not get up set when I try to put the bridle on? So far, she as seemed to be calm around all types of livestock, flying plastic bags, passing trucks or cars, barking dogs, and etc. Right now, this one thing is something I need to find out what I am doing wrong.
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-17-2008, 07:08 PM
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Assuming there isn't a pain issue, this is an easy one. When holding the bit in your left hand, also hold a treat. As soon as she accepts the bit, she gets the treat. She will get the hang of it and start reaching for the bridle. My friends are always amazed that I can shake the bridle and my horse will turn her head TOWARDS and DOWN to get it! Sometimes, if my son tries to bridle her and isn't fast enough, she gets antsy even.
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