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post #1 of 4 Old 01-09-2011, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Putting a Bridle on a Stubborn Horse!

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!
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-09-2011, 10:19 PM
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When was the trailer tying/cut lip incident? If he cut his mouth on the outside, I would bet that he also had an injury to the bars of his mouth or his tongue. Those would take a LOT longer to heal than a cut on the outside of his mouth and they would be hard to see without a vet's help. Either of those injuries would cause him to be reluctant to be bridled/bitted because it would hurt to hold the bit in his mouth, even if you were perfectly gentle with bridling. And, the bit pressure from each riding episode would be putting pressure on the bruised or cut areas inside his mouth.
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Thanks for posting. The cut happened a couple of months ago and the cut was on the outside of the lip. Had a vet out to make sure and said it was fine.
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Ah, then it seems that he should be all healed up by now inside his mouth, for whatever bruises there might have been....I wasn't clear on the timeline. I don't know why, but it seems like horses can get bad habits so quickly when it comes to bridling, it happens to all of us. There was another poster with a similar issue in a post last week called "Bridling Behavior." There were lots of great ideas in there that might help you out!
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