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post #31 of 37 Old 07-28-2013, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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I recently went to Carlos Tabernaberri's clinic. I learnt heaps and one thing I learn't and can apply to this it that you have no bond with your horse, sad to say, harsh to hear but its the truth. Your horse is scared of you and the halter. Maybe you or his past owners did something to scare him and no one has bothered to help him overcome his phobia of the halter. If I were in your position I would get my horse into a smaller area but where he/she still feels safe and I would show him the the halter isn't going to hurt him. Also just because a horse is hard to catch doesn't mean you can burden him with constantly having to wear the atrocious thing. A horse is never in the wrong, this behaviour is him telling you he is petrified of the thing and needs you to help him not punish him with sedatives, tie downs, hits, yelling or anything. Just be calm, take your time, if you need stand there for a hour letting him smell it or whatever and do it slowly. Don't just rush forward and put it on him all in one day.
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I don't think that it is that she is afraid of the halter- I think it is that she is head shy, since she hates having her nose and ears handled, but we are making LOTS of progress! The guy who came out to help with the whole halter fiasco showed us how to get her used to being handled, and she's doing well! Still is uneasy about having the tips of her ears touched, but I can rub the base of both ears, and play with her forelock and bridle path!!
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The internet is filled with horror stories and pictures of injuries horses have sustained getting tangled up with halters left on!
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post #33 of 37 Old 07-28-2013, 12:58 PM
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I have a horse that used to hate to have her ears touched. I started touching them for just a split second every time I handled her. I would do it several times each day. I got so that I would do a full second of touching her ears. Then two seconds. It took a long time, but she really is ok with the whole ear thing now.
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post #34 of 37 Old 07-28-2013, 02:04 PM
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I have a horse that can be a pain to get a halter on. She is not afraid of the halter. She just doesn't want to bother with having to work. The lazy thing........
Well, mine can be that way sometimes. She's so lazy that she'll canter around the corral for 5 or 10 minutes avoiding the human with the halter
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post #35 of 37 Old 08-03-2013, 09:14 PM
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Bridle too tight at the poll

Is this horse being ridden? I have seen this problem in a horse before, and it was due to her bridle being always too tight. It seems to be popular to talk about two wrinkles in the lips, even when horse conformation is so different horse-to-horse. The bridle should not be tight at the poll ever! If it is tight at the poll, that means that the bit is exerting pressure constantly, even before you have started to ride. The horse is in constant pain. They can develop a sensitivity at the poll where they would not want to be touched. If the horse is also sensitive at the lips, there is another indication. Loosen your bridle quite a bit. It may take some time for the nerves to heal, and for the horse to forget its pain. Really, it is just important that the bit is not so loose that it bangs against the front of the teeth, but generally a horse will carry its bit anyway. There is no advantage to a tight bridle. The horse will not be able to feel your hands with the mouth if the bit is already tight. You will only be able to affect the neck in this case, and the horse will always be hard-mouthed. Good luck!
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Bridle too tight at the poll

Is this horse being ridden? I have seen this problem in a horse before, and it was due to her bridle being always too tight. It seems to be popular to talk about two wrinkles in the lips, even when horse conformation is so different horse-to-horse. The bridle should not be tight at the poll ever! If it is tight at the poll, that means that the bit is exerting pressure constantly, even before you have started to ride. The horse is in constant pain. They can develop a sensitivity at the poll where they would not want to be touched. If the horse is also sensitive at the lips, there is another indication. Loosen your bridle quite a bit. It may take some time for the nerves to heal, and for the horse to forget its pain. Really, it is just important that the bit is not so loose that it bangs against the front of the teeth, but generally a horse will carry its bit anyway. There is no advantage to a tight bridle. The horse will not be able to feel your hands with the mouth if the bit is already tight. You will only be able to affect the neck in this case, and the horse will always be hard-mouthed. Good luck!
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post #37 of 37 Old 08-04-2013, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Is this horse being ridden? I have seen this problem in a horse before, and it was due to her bridle being always too tight. It seems to be popular to talk about two wrinkles in the lips, even when horse conformation is so different horse-to-horse. The bridle should not be tight at the poll ever! If it is tight at the poll, that means that the bit is exerting pressure constantly, even before you have started to ride. The horse is in constant pain. They can develop a sensitivity at the poll where they would not want to be touched. If the horse is also sensitive at the lips, there is another indication. Loosen your bridle quite a bit. It may take some time for the nerves to heal, and for the horse to forget its pain. Really, it is just important that the bit is not so loose that it bangs against the front of the teeth, but generally a horse will carry its bit anyway. There is no advantage to a tight bridle. The horse will not be able to feel your hands with the mouth if the bit is already tight. You will only be able to affect the neck in this case, and the horse will always be hard-mouthed. Good luck!

No, she's not being ridden! When we got her, she didn't really know how to lead well. She's never had a bridle on, or a saddle, let alone a rider. She doesn't even know how to lunge. And I don't think that she will be able to have a bridle with a bit, since she is missing a tooth, her mouth is sensitive.
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