Hi! All! Trying to figure out the best way to go and put a bridle on my horse. He is a 6 yr old gelding and does not like it when I place the bit in his mouth. He shakes and turns his head in every direction so it gets very hard to get the bit even close. I am being gentle and not smashing it in.
I want to be able to eventually get it on without anyone's help. I have tried making the bit a treat and putting molasses on it, but it doesn't seem to work. He is the type of horse who is very curious about anything going near him and has to smell everything. Every time he sniffs it the molasses gets it all over his nose and then I have to wipe it all off.
I have also tried petting him and talking to him. Had the vet come out and check his teeth and if there were any sores, but everything looks good. When I first received my horse he would bridle very easy but it has gotten harder and harder every time. The only thing I could see him not putting the bit on was awhile back he was accidentally tied to a trailer with the reins and was spooked. The bridle and bit broke apart and the corner of his lip had a little cut, but nothing big. I cleaned it up and it has healed nicely.
Any suggestions? Thanks!