Originally Posted by aerobicv
It does seem like an evasive maneuver to me. I'm complaining because he is touching his nose to the ground and it's really hard to bridle him like that! Plus he is moving his head around.
I've just started to lunge him for respect (my dad never did) and am doing ground work with him. He bit my sister twice looking for treats. I treat my horses by putting them in their buckets or every now and then I may treat them by hand. I have not been hand feeding him treats. He has gotten better and more patient in just the two weeks I've been working with him except for the bridling thing.
Thanks for the replies so far!
I was under the impression he just lowered, not that he was also moving it away when it was down. I second who ever said just to get his feet moving...backwards, sideways, etc...if he's moving his feet his head HAS to come up slightly; when he is at the level you desire, try again, and if he moves/lowers his head do the same. The more vigorously you can get his feet to move the better too...you want him to catch on that lowering and shifting his head away = work, and keeping it level = 'rest' so to speak...ie you leave his feet alone and bridle up quietly.
I do stand by my first post though in that gaining full respect of this horse is utmost, preiod...that alone will solve this evasive issue; if he doesn't have respect for you, of course he's going to try all he can to get away with what ever he feels he can. You have to make him want to do the right thing.