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Heather Sutherland 08-16-2009 02:36 AM

Putting a bridle on
Whenever i tack up Owen at my stables he always lifts his head up, he 16hh, how am i ment to get up there? Im only 13 years old! He a big gentil giant until it comes to tacking up, he's fine with the saddle, but the bridle is such a pain.
Please please give as many answers as possible :)

ChingazMyBoy 08-16-2009 06:05 AM

Hmmm, Does he have a halter on when you put his bridle on? Most horses do because it still gives you some control. So maybe get someone to hold the halter to keep his head down. Not forcing it but just holding it and then when he keeps it down praise him.

Gidji 08-16-2009 06:36 AM

My old warmblood used to do that. I know how you feel, I'm 13 and not that tall either. Keep his halter on him as Chingaz said, or once he puts his head up wait for him to put it down. Don't play games with him. Just walk nicely up to him and put the reins over his neck and just do it nice and quietly. Its really important that he knows who's boss. Just because your young and not that tall doesn't mean he can do whatever he wants. You need to be the leader and be assertive. Praise him when he behaves and punish him when hes naughty.
Have you tried putting molasses on the bit? Or brushing the bit with toothpaste? My ponies love it when I do that to their bits.

NorthernMama 08-16-2009 01:47 PM

Teach him to lower his head on command. It takes time, but can be done. My 11 year old son (about 4 1/2 feet tall) can easily halter our 17.3 h mare now.

Also, if you give a treat with the bit, I haven't met a horse yet that won't start to actually reach for that bridle. (assuming, of course, that the rest of the treatment he gets is good too). My two girls push at each other when they see the bridle. I guess they figure who ever gets there first will get to have the bridle!

Jillyann 08-16-2009 02:04 PM

I always put the reins over my horses head before I put the bridle on, and that way it gives me the control I need if my horse decides to put its head up, or try and walk away.

My mare is really good about it though. She will lower her head for me.

Heather Sutherland 08-16-2009 03:23 PM

Thankyou sooo much guys, each one of you has given me some fab tips! im all excited to try them out now :D

dressagebelle 08-16-2009 03:28 PM

I have a horse in training who learned that the bridle was bad and would hurt him, so he would fling his head up when I got the bridle half way on, which meant half the time I would have to start all over again. He also did it when I took the bridle off. For him what I did, was keep the halter on, step on the lead rope (only because no one else is there, and they don't have a place to tie him up) :(, and would give him a treat when I put the bridle on, then because of his issues taking it off too, I would spend the first 5-10 minutes of the session just putting it on, and taking it off, and giving him a treat when he showed improvement, even if he did raise his head a little at first but didn't throw it up violently, then worked for a few weeks until he stopped throwing his head up at all, and now I can take the halter off and bridle him up and unbridle him without any issues.

NoniPony 08-17-2009 12:16 PM

yeah I say throw the reins over his head and personally what I do is hold the bridle and he nose in your left hand. Use your fingers to speparate both sides of the bridle and if he goes to lift his head your right hand is always free to grab onto his nose or something. But with your right hand, stick your thumb in the corner of his mouth while holding the bit and once he feels you tickling him with your thumb he should open his mouth and you can slide the bit right in =]

equiniphile 08-17-2009 12:34 PM

try short cross ties

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