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post #11 of 14 Old 12-30-2011, 06:56 PM
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I also agree to take it slow and to let him know that switching halters or anything on his head is nothing bad and is without unpleasant consequences. He should accept it. Using force to keep him in place doesn't fix the problem.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-30-2011, 10:26 PM
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I would select a halter that would fit neatly under his bridle and leave the thing on under the bridle while he was being ridden. It wouldn't look as cute but it would eliminate that one problem of him getting loose when the halter was off. Then, you could work on the bridling issue while he was still safely tied. After those behavior issues are solved, you could go on to address the training needed for him to stand still while removing the halter to bridle him.

One other idea you might try - they make horse collars, a nylon strap with a buckle and a ring for the lead rope, just like dog collars. They're only aboto get him used to the feel of it, especially when tied (and never ever leave him tied with that collar alone). But, it would give you a little security as he couldn't get loose from you while you were bridling him.
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-31-2011, 05:56 PM
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I'm thinking it's just plain bad manners. When you turn him out after working him, do you just drop the halter and let him take off? He may be thinking he'd much rather do that than have something else put on his head. Go back to basics. When I turn mine out in the field for "play time", we walk in, I tell them to turn around, (they learn this pretty quickly) then I unhook the halter and tell them to go. Only then do I turn them loose. If they go in acting stupid, they don't get turned loose until they follow the rules and have some manners. It makes it safer for whoever is handling them too. :)
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-01-2012, 11:15 PM
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If it actually is pain related, then he will do it even if you are putting on a halter, as he accosciates(sp?) you putting something on his head with pain. So, rule out pain first, and then go to training.

For training, train him to ground tie, where he will NOT move, no matter! And start desentizing his head to every object possible. He may be head shy at the bridle from a bad experience before.

Start off by just putting the bridle OVER the halter, and having someone hold him. Once you can do that no problem, then do it while he is ground tied, then take off his halter, having someone hold onto him with a rope around his neck, and put the bridle on, once you can do this, move onto having no one hold him, just being completely ground tied while you take off the halter.

When I teach my horses to ground tie, after they mastered the basics, I ALWAYS teach them to ground tie with JUST a rope around their neck. Once they got that down, then it wouldnt be a problem if you slipped off his halter to put his bridle on. So dont just train ground typing with a halter on.
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