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    03-20-2009, 11:20 AM
Take the Bit please...

I just started working with our 8 yr old stallion trying to get him broke to ride. I have a very good start on ground work and saddling. Since he has been a big pet and easy to handle it has allowed me to to be able to ride him for the first time last weekend.

However, when I offered for him to take the bit, he absolutly refused. We had a little dance and exchanged words. Everytime he refused I would start lunging him. Finally I got him to except with minor trouble. I spent a whole day from offering treats and repeating the process. But the problem is that after I give him a break (after leaving on good terms), he would go back to being a stubborn idot!

The bit is a sweet copper tom thumb broken bit. I have used it on several other horses with no trouble. The stallion never had a bit in his mouth before, but has been work with on excepting odd things in his mouth. After I know that he will except a bit, I will consider a different training bit but not until I know that he is comfortable with the process.
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    03-20-2009, 11:30 AM
I always have started by teaching them to open there mouth. I would stick my thumb is his lip and say "open" until he opens his mouth. I will work for few days until I really don't have to put my thumb in at all I just put my thumb by there lip and say open. They usually take a bit a little easier because they know what I mean when I say open. Hope this helps.
    03-20-2009, 01:33 PM
May not be the popular opinion, but it makes for no fuss.......

Put a bit of molasses on the bit, or rub a piece of apple across it. Treats are fine but there coming out your hand, get him to associates the bit with something that tastes good.
    03-20-2009, 04:45 PM
What exactly does he do when he is refusing? Just can't pry his mouth open? Or he tosses his head around? Or both? There is different methods for a horse who won't allow the bridle near his head, or a horse that stands quietly but just won't open up his mouth. Let me know what he's doing in more specifics.
    03-20-2009, 09:24 PM
I agree with G&K's Mom. I do basically that with my horses and they all lower their heads and literally REACH for their bit. They get the bit and the treat at the same time. I give a piece of apple or whatever, but it is in my hand with the bit so they think the apple is part of the bit. The idea of rubbing it on the bit will make it easier for you for training since you may not have three hands!;)

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