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post #11 of 19 Old 08-31-2011, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-31-2011, 11:51 PM
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-01-2011, 09:42 PM
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I would strongly suggest you bridle him without him being tied...I always unhalter, and put the halter around the neck to bridle. If you are afraid of him getting away, do this in a secure area, like a small paddock, or round pen.

I would also do some desensitization exercises on his head and ears, just to rule out him being head shy as a factor. Also rub the bridle on his head and face as a part of that desensitization, since it seems to be the bridle that causes his reactions. I've had training horses who are only 'headshy' when it comes to bridling, because they have been bumped in the mouth, or have had the chinstrap catch their lip at some point when bridling, so are afraid of the sound of the bridle...doing desensitizing helps alot. Repetition is the key to getting over this, so don't just practice this when you want to ride. You need to work on this for a few moments each day, or every other day if you want to see improvement; that he had such a dramatic episode, could mean you may see more of that in the future, so deal with it NOW, not later.

Teach him, or retrain him to lower his head for you, so you aren't reachin up for his head, as well.

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I usually never bridle him while being tied. I rushed myself and thought he was untied. That's why I called it my accident. I'm not worried about him getting away. I prefer to halter him and take the halter off once he is bitted. I do that with both of my horses.
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post #15 of 19 Old 09-02-2011, 09:46 AM
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Like DrumRunner this is well meant advice. If a horse has issues (any issues) with saddling or bridling and you "get through" it and go riding, that doesn't fix the issue. Possibly, you could take some time to teach your horse to stand quietly with his head down without the halter or bridle and saddle on so that when you want to put it on there is no issue. It really isn't about the bridle. The question is will your horse quietly and safely do as you ask?
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post #16 of 19 Old 09-02-2011, 10:11 AM
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If you are not concerned with your horse walking off, what is the reason behind leaving theh alter on to get the bridle on? I personally throw the reins over his head, remove he halter, keep my arm under his jaw, and around his nose, grab the bridle and bridle him. Same when taking off the bridle. Leave the reins around his neck for control, take off bridle, put halter on, and then remove reins. It keeps you in control if he were to spook but I dont see any good reason to leave a halter on.
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post #17 of 19 Old 09-02-2011, 10:37 AM
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He may have been scared. He also may have been throwing a tantrum, then once he went back on the lead, realized he was in trouble. For sure I would not leave him tied while bridling. I only leave my really calm horses tied for bridling and saddling. The crazies --- I just hold the lead rope.

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post #18 of 19 Old 09-02-2011, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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He's usually not like that though. And I like to have all my horses able to have the halter taken off once bridled. Its a personal choice with my horses. That most people don understand.
And it was a riders error. Not the horse. He did what he did because of my stupidity.
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-02-2011, 12:54 PM
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I had a horse do something similar at the trainer's recently. She was saddled, and then tied. The trainer walked 15 feet away to get her bridle and the mare sat back and broke the lead rope. The trainer removed the saddle and checked her for soreness. She found tenderness where the girth sits just behind the elbow. There's a ligament that runs through there that the mare had injured somehow. After a couple sessions of bodywork, she is riding fine, but I still check her before I saddle her.

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