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        09-19-2008, 10:01 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Ugh.....bobble head

    I cannot for the life of me make Thunder just stand with his head still. He's constantly looking around or sniffing things or whatever. I know he's a baby so he's curious and all, but when im trying to work it makes things very difficult.

    And another thing.....how do I teach him to take the bit?!?!?!!?!? I know that's an indepth question, but He just pins his lips shut and swings his head around. I need to people , one to hold the lead and keep his head down, and another to open his mouth from the side and slip the bit in. I think there's a step I missed with groundwork as far as keeping his head still..........help???
         
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        09-19-2008, 10:18 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    Have you tried cross tieing him? As far as the bit, what I do is take the bit hold it on each end with my thumbs, put the bit to his mouth and with my index fingers put pressure on his jaw where the bit would go, to make him open his mouth. If that makes since. I always have someone out there with me anyway. I also once I get the bit in his mouth just hold it there for several minutes, take it out and do it again....and again....I hope you can understand that.
         
        09-19-2008, 10:33 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Ya I get it....it's just that I can't even get the bit NEAR his mouth or he starts thrashing, and I don't want to clank his teeth so I don't push it too much. Ill try working on cross tieing him, I just usually do a easy release on a wooden pole near his stall.
         
        09-19-2008, 10:56 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Yeah try cross tieing him, just put a lead rope on both sides of his halter and tie each lead rope to a pole, use a quick release knot of course.he may not like it too much.tie him tight enough so he can't swing his head around to his side. You can also after crosstieing him just stand with him, petting and talking to him to calm him down, and slowly work your way to the bit.
         
        09-19-2008, 10:57 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Ok thanks :)
         
        09-20-2008, 03:28 PM
      #6
    Foal
    I don't know if this would work, but I had a mare who would throw her head up and back away fast when I was trying to bit her up. I put her with something behind her and against her right side, and turned her nose towards me to bit her up, with my arm over her neck. I had to do this for about a week, and she would accept the bit very nicely after that once she respected that she couldn't get away. I don't have anyone to help with things like that, so pretty much figure out a way to get things done. Good luck with your horse!
         
        09-20-2008, 11:42 PM
      #7
    Foal
    This may not be the way you want to go, but it totally worked for me.. I have a sugar cube in the same hand as the bit and now when my boy sees me with the bridle his head goes down and he reaches for the bit. Lol It is really cute to see. The sugar cubes you can get from the grocery store and they are really small so it's not like he is getting a big high from it, but it is a great reward for him taking the bit. This is just what worked for me.
    Gen~
         
        09-21-2008, 01:11 AM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Prbgenny, I tried that with an apple cookie outside of the bit and he lipped it around the bit and somehow snuck it with his lips!~ he ate it lol
         
        09-21-2008, 01:16 AM
      #9
    Foal
    Lol that's a good one! He is one smart boy!!
         
        09-21-2008, 01:25 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Ya but he got the treat, but no work lol ugh/.....im going to work on crosstieing today.
         

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