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    12-29-2011, 02:25 PM
Run away

Whenever I take off my horses halter to put on the bridle or vice versa, he runs away! I have had someone hold him while I put it on but he just threw his head in the air so the rope was yanked away then turned and ran. I can't tack him uop in a stall because he lives outside...i tied a leadrope around his neck so he thought he was being held and it worked for a while but then a few days asgo he realized he way still free to go. I put him in the back part of the barn where no one ever is and closed all the doors but he just ran to the nearest exit and stood there with his head in the air so I couldnt reach him. I thought the bit might be too cold but I warmed it up and he STILL ran. Help me please, he may hurt himself or someone else soon!
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    12-29-2011, 03:08 PM
Have you had his teeth checked? If you can rule out a health reason for it then it comes down to behavior and he wants to avoid being worked. Does he do the same thing if you switch from halter to a different halter?
    12-29-2011, 03:15 PM
Agree with checking teeth. How long has he been doing it ??? Did it just start??

If its a behavioral thing you could try using 2 halters and leads. One halter on the face and one on his neck both tied to a hitching post or whatever you tie on. Then as you take off the head halter he is still tied. As for when you take the bridle off make sure you have the halter around his neck before taking it off.
That way he is always secured.
    12-29-2011, 03:34 PM
Assuming there are no teeth problems.

Do you have a roundpen or a small arena/fenced in area? If so, I would suggest practicing there.

If he tries to bolt before you can put the bridle on, send him out and make him work. After a few rounds, bring him back in and try again. If he bolts again, make him work. Do this until he allows you to put the bridle on. Leave it on for a moment, take it off, praise, then try putting it back on. Repeat above steps until he stands quietly at any time for you to bridle him.

Someone else may have a better idea, but that's what I did with mine when he started to try avoiding me.
    12-29-2011, 03:38 PM
I had a similar problem when switching from halter to bridle or bridle to halter. My horse would just make a run for it. I think I have solved the problem without putting him in his stable.
First I always chose the same (outdoor) place to put on/take off bridle. This was a place where I could tie-up my horse. For a while I just tied him and gave him a small haynet, then that was his grooming place. He had to learn to stand quietly at this spot.
Then using a light halter I would untie him but keep hold of the halter rope and put the bridle on without removing the halter and then tie up again and leave him tied by the halter rope whilst I groomed him or saddled him or put boots on or picked out feet. The whole time concentrating on keeping the horse very relaxed.
Then I would remove the halter from [I]beneath [/I]the bridle and go out riding. After riding, I would bring him back to the same spot; give him a small treat and place the halter over the bridle and tie up to remove the saddle, boots etc.
Until my horse was completely relaxed at his spot I would not take the bridle off until we were in a safe place, so the halter would be over the bridle until I as ready to turn out when both halter and bridle would be removed.
After a few days (maybe a week or so) of this routine I found that I could bring my horse to this spot, remove halter and put on bridle and vice versa without him running away. It takes patience but I hope it works for you too.
    12-29-2011, 03:38 PM
I agree with others about checking teeth. And it's a good question if he runs away when you switch from one halter into different one.

But if it is behavioural problem I wouldn't try to wear bridle using force. He must accept it and it should be his choice.
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    12-29-2011, 10:17 PM
Have you tried putting the halter around his neck (jugular) instead of just taking it completely off?
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    12-30-2011, 11:27 AM
It just started a few weeks ago....he does do it even switching halter to halter or bridle to halter.
    12-30-2011, 01:08 PM
Well there's obviously a window of opportunity for him to run away and avoid being there. So you've got to close it..

I think you should try the halter around the jugular, and work on ground tying. It could be that he doesn't like being restricted maybe because he doesn't feel safe or he rather move than be an easy still target.

Also how you put on and take off a halter makes a difference too. If you just hold the nose band like a basket and slip it over his nose, he can easily back out and take off. If you hold the long strap in your right hand and the buckle in your left then reach that right hand and strap under his chin and around the right side of his face. That was if he tries to back out, you have a strong arm there right at his jugular and he can't really escape.

It's worth giving a try.
    12-30-2011, 01:09 PM
Have you tried just grooming him and returning him to the stable without riding, doing this several times may make him feel that work isnīt the next move and he will be off guard when you do decide to work him, maybe lunge him a few times before riding again. I usually unbuckle the halter and buckle round the neck, before putting on the bridle, you could maybe stand chatting to friends for a few minutes before bridling up, horses love a conversation.
I agree with iberia to take it slowly and always relax yourself
Good luck

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