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post #1 of 18 Old 10-23-2007, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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when I try to bridle her she puts her head up?

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-23-2007, 08:40 PM
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I would get her teeth and ears checked. I have a horse that gets ear mites and used to do that. So I put oil in his ears to kill the mites(with a syringe with no needle) and he doesn't do that anymore. Also some horses are just smart and know that a bridle means a bit and work and don't ever stop. They do it cause they can!! Hope this helps!!!!!!!!!!
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I would get her teeth and ears checked. I have a horse that gets ear mites and used to do that. So I put oil in his ears to kill the mites(with a syringe with no needle) and he doesn't do that anymore. Also some horses are just smart and know that a bridle means a bit and work and don't ever stop. They do it cause they can!! Hope this helps!!!!!!!!!!
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I would get her teeth and ears checked. I have a horse that gets ear mites and used to do that. So I put oil in his ears to kill the mites(with a syringe with no needle) and he doesn't do that anymore. Also some horses are just smart and know that a bridle means a bit and work and don't ever stop. They do it cause they can!! Hope this helps!!!!!!!!!!
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-23-2007, 08:51 PM
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Give her a horse treat every time you put the bit in her mouth.


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post #6 of 18 Old 10-23-2007, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-24-2007, 06:59 AM
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stand there with the halter on her for a while and gently pull down on her lead rope. As soon as she gives and brings her head down stop. Pull and release, pull and release etc once she brings her head down, give her a treat and bring the bridle to her. If she puts her head up again, do the same thing until she is relaxed and leaves her head there.

You may get different suggestions but this is one way you could try and relax her and get her head down. Usually once you have her that relaxed, you should be able to slip the bridle over. It may take some time but this is what I would suggest. This method has worked wonders for me with my warmblood :)

Good luck :)

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post #8 of 18 Old 10-24-2007, 07:00 AM
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stand there with the halter on her for a while and gently pull down on her lead rope. As soon as she gives and brings her head down stop. Pull and release, pull and release etc once she brings her head down, give her a treat and bring the bridle to her. If she puts her head up again, do the same thing until she is relaxed and leaves her head there.

You may get different suggestions but this is one way you could try and relax her and get her head down. Usually once you have her that relaxed, you should be able to slip the bridle over. It may take some time but this is what I would suggest. This method has worked wonders for me with my warmblood :)

Good luck :)

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post #9 of 18 Old 10-24-2007, 09:27 AM
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Aside from needing her teeth floated, a horse will develop that problem from having their teeth banged with the bit each time she is bridled.

I cup the bit in my left hand and use my thumb on her bars to open her mouth while using my right hand to lift the bit into her mouth and slip the bridle over her ears. Doing it this way I can insert her bit without hitting her teeth. Taking the bit out, I'll slip the bridle off her poll and wait for her to open her mouth making sure I don't bang her teeth on the way out. I don't rush the process in either direction.

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post #10 of 18 Old 10-24-2007, 02:35 PM
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If everything checks out medically try some reverse psychology.
If the horse wants to throw their head up (basically avoiding you) I will take them under the chin and hold their head up. Do that for 30 seconds. Try the bridle again. If they toss their head up again hold that head up, as far as you can. It is uncomfortable for them. When you let them down their head will start to hang lower. Make the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy.
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