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Can't get my horses hackamore on!!

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  • Reasons for a horse being afraid to be bridled with a hackamore

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    01-02-2014, 05:55 PM
  #1
Foal
Can't get my horses hackamore on!!

I have owned my qh for over a year now and have had no trouble with getting his hackamore on. He throws his head up and backs up like he is scared. But when we trailer him to an arena that isn't at home he puts it on like an angel. I already know it isn't hurting him and he isn't scared when we trailer away. So I don't know what to do. I can get it on with help from my mom but it gets annoying to have to call somebody out when I want to ride. Does anybody know what I can do to get his hackamore on without help.
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    01-02-2014, 06:26 PM
  #2
Foal
If the problem is that he won't hold his head down, maybe practice applying pressure until he gives to the pressure of you puling his head down. Then try putting your thumb in the corner of his mouth to get him to open it. The trick is to be persistent and let him know you are the boss! If you keep doing this, eventually he will learn to let you do it on your first try!
     
    01-02-2014, 07:22 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tayloranngenevieve    
applying pressure until he gives to the pressure of you puling his head down. Then try putting your thumb in the corner of his mouth to get him to open it.
A hackamore doesn't have any mouth hardware. ;)

Seems to me like he has an aversion to what's coming after being tacked - riding. Given as how it happens at one place but not the other, two things pop in to my head:

- He dislikes something about the one location but not the other.

- He's distracted enough at the other location and forgets to fuss about it.

How can you rule out pain, however, and what kind of hackamore are you using specifically? Hackamores are known for being potentially painful for the horse so he I wouldn't rush to judgement on there being no pain if the headgear specifically seems to be the problem.
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    01-02-2014, 08:05 PM
  #4
Foal
OMG I MESSED UP! I'm an english girl, I just got a western bridle like last week, I got "headstall" and "hackamore" mixed up! Wow, super embarrassed!! I WILL learn!!
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    01-04-2014, 01:53 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by PrivatePilot    
A hackamore doesn't have any mouth hardware. ;)

Seems to me like he has an aversion to what's coming after being tacked - riding. Given as how it happens at one place but not the other, two things pop in to my head:

- He dislikes something about the one location but not the other.

- He's distracted enough at the other location and forgets to fuss about it.

How can you rule out pain, however, and what kind of hackamore are you using specifically? Hackamores are known for being potentially painful for the horse so he I wouldn't rush to judgement on there being no pain if the headgear specifically seems to be the problem.
You see the reason I ruled out pain was because I have had the vet out and he sees nothing wrong with him. My tack isn't the problem. He has been ridden in the same hackamore since I got him. Also hackamors are not painful if used correctly . Once I get on him he is an angel it's just when putting it on is when he is naughty. But thank you for you opinion I will look into any pain his hackamore may be causing him.
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    01-07-2014, 11:33 AM
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Weanling
When I teach a horse to put it's head down to be bridled, I put my lead rope over its poll. Its long enough that if she puts her head up, I can still apply pressure to encourage her to bring it down. If you try this, be careful and let off as soon as the head comes down even a little.

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