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post #31 of 36 Old 07-08-2013, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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How can she put her ears through the headstall by herself without the bit being in her mouth first? Did I misread?

Agree with much of what's been said. Fruit rollups are a terrific idea. I use a slice of carrot every time I put the bridle on my mare. EVERY time, even though I haven't had a problem with bridling her since the day I got her. ('course she was starved and didn't have any energy to fight me then either...) I hold the carrot slice in the center of the bit and palm the bit. I present the bit just as I would the carrot without a bit. She wants the carrot she has to open her mouth and at that point, the bit slips in without touching the teeth.

It is very important that the bit shouldn't touch the teeth. For a while one summer I let a girlfriend ride my mare. When untacking my friend would not support the bit and consequently it banged on the horse's teeth every time. My mare started throwing her head when it came time to take off the bridle. It took me about a week or so to get it fixed. :(

Floating is done by the vet in my area. Some areas have equine dentists. Just call your vet and ask. It can be as little as $40 and as much as $200 depending on the area, the vet, the horse's needs. This is the very first priority before continuing with bridling.
That's terrible! At least you were able to fix it! And by putting the bridle on herself I will present the bridle and she knows to drop her head and she tips her nose to her chest and pushes her ears through the ear holes. It's weird when I explain it. But it's weird seeing it too.
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post #32 of 36 Old 07-08-2013, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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I know someone having the same problem, what is the "string trick". The horse belongs to my daughter, she bought her yesterday for a very reasonable price, she needs her feet done, possibly her teeth floated, is slightly underweight, but is a dream to ride. Turns on a dime, slide stops, flying lead changes, but is very hard to bridle. My daughter has a hackamore on the way. I will post pics as soon as I can, she is everything my daughter looks for in a riding horse, she is gentle and loving, as well.

For the string trick, there is an actual trick that you can find on youtube. I found it while reading a book in Menards. I wanted the book so badly because it had a lot of horse training and teaching how to do things but I didn't have the money and my parent wouldn't let me get it. My parent likes to look at the same thing for about an hour or two everytime we go so I sat down and started reading. Your suppose to have a string that raps around like a bridle but instead of going in the mouth it goes under the top lip. When the bit is presented and throws head your suppose to tug a bit until head drops and usually they open their mouths because its a weird feeling and you can get the bit in. But I do not want to have to do that everytime. And I have considered getting a hackamore when I get more money the next time I babysit. But I still want to work with her on the bit before going to that point. Mine also rides pretty good in halter and lead ropes. A little slow on turns and things and doesn't do anything fancy do to her lack of work in the past. But I hope one day to get both of mine to be a dream like your daughter is getting! Good luck!!
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And update on her. She is doing really great! Thanks to all who showed me the correct way to put in the bit. I think that was the big problem..just now when I stick my thumb in her mouth she won't open it now. I end up sticking my thumb where her teeth come together. She has sharp teeth but she is mice enough not to bit me and she opens up. Few times she would stick her head up but once its in she drops it. I have been doing good on not letting it touch her teeth. I just rode her today with bit and all and she hasn't had that in years!
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post #34 of 36 Old 07-11-2013, 12:39 AM
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That's good to hear she's doing better.

Some horses can be stubborn about opening. Just keep moving your thumb around, below and above the tongue until she opens. If you are careful not to hit her teeth and are not harsh using the bit, she should get better.
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Sharp points on teeth means that she needs dental work. I didn't read all the thread, and I imagine that this has been suggested already. If you already had a dentist out, try another as there should not be sharp points.

Glad she is doing better.
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post #36 of 36 Old 07-21-2013, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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*UPDATE*
She is now taking the bit without a fight. I have to play in her mouth with my thumb to get her to open but she doesn't put up a fight anymore. I just got enough money to buy a different bit. So hopefully I will be able to get that done soon!
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