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    05-02-2012, 04:02 PM
Who is doing the training here??

Who is in charge of the training here? Seems this yearling is
The comments are also entertainment in itself.
All I can say is Oh Boy......
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    05-02-2012, 05:35 PM
Green Broke
Thank God I'm not the only one!

My coming 2 yr old has done this ever since he was a baby and still does it. I tried popping him in the mouth for grabbing the halter and then he decided he would not take the bit/bridle either. Sigh. So I had to back track and put fruit roll ups on the bit so he would start taking it again and put hot sauce on the halter to discourage him grabbing it.

I did work with a trainer eventually and his solution was to get quicker putting the halter on.

So now I don't worry so much about it and just try to get the halter on quick but I don't punish him for grabbing it (unless it's just smearing the nose band and lead rope with hot sauce which I do occasionally but not usually unless he is very bad about it). At this point I am so happy that he doesn't also carry the lead rope in his mouth all the time like he used to. It used to be that I couldn't lead or tie him without him chewing on the lead rope.

I found the video very amusing. It's much funnier when it's not YOU that is having the problem!
    05-02-2012, 05:40 PM
Teach your horse to touch a target then cluck and offer a treat. Do this a dozen times. Then teach him to touch the halter c/t. Then hold the noseband open and hold a treat just outside so his nose barely passes under the noseband. C/t Repeat numerous times. He'll get so he'll try to get his nose in the halter instead of grabbing it.
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    05-02-2012, 05:46 PM
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That would get one good open handed slap across the muzzle from me.

Odds on it is going to be a biting spoiled brat.
    05-02-2012, 06:34 PM
Her whole way she approach the horse is wrong IMO. Standing directly in front of horse trying to put his nose in halter.Looking for the horse to grab it thinking it is a big game,jumping back out of it or jump forward & land on you
    05-02-2012, 06:37 PM
Yeah, could only watch about a minute of that, wanted to reach in & kick her for doing the same thing over & over & over....
    05-02-2012, 06:54 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
That would get one good open handed slap across the muzzle from me.
Been there, done that. Bad advice. Pretty soon you have a horse that won't open it's mouth for the bridle either.

And I do stand off to the side. He still grabs it. I just try to do it in one sweeping motion and get the halter over his nose as quickly as possible. Usually I get it on the 2nd try.

My gelding isn't THIS bad. I would have whopped him for reaching for me with an open mouth. That is begging to get whopped! But you can't whop him for taking the halter in his mouth or you will have issues putting a bridle on.

But I had to laugh and feel the pain of the girl who made the video because I have the same problem. I'm honestly relieved it isn't just me.
    05-02-2012, 07:00 PM
Least he won;t be hard to bridle LOL

Yeah wow.. way to teach a horse to clamp down on things. And bite!!

Though funny story, I was once wearing a scarf when I went to visit the cemetery stables in DC. We got a sneak peek at their 17hh+ horses and there was one, while I was talking to someone.. reached down and grabbed my scarf and proceeded to eat it.

I did stick my fingers in his mouth and then bopped him on the nose and he cut it out.. but his mouth was bigger than my entire head LOL...

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