Help with Bridle Training
My horse has been willing and able so far on everything I've asked of him. I started introducing the bridle to him yesterday and he doesn't mind it until you go to put it over his head, past his eyes. He is about 3.5 yrs old and I started him on Clinton Andersons methods of a headshy horse as soon as I got him because I noticed he wouldn't let me touch his ears. After following the methods we gained alot of trust and respect and anyone can touch his ears and rub his face, and so forth. It took an hour but I managed to get one piece over an ear and he let it hang there. He doesn't care about it really its just getting this new leathery object out of his sight. If its my hand or the halter he is fine. I know consistency is key so I am going to continue doing our lunging exercises and then working on touching him with it as much as possible. Is there anything else I can do to get the message across better? I have had both english and western saddles on him so we are well past acceptance on those. Now its just the bridle and bit.
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