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post #1 of 9 Old 11-25-2014, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horse scared of bridle being taken out

My horse recently has come back into work after 2 years of being in a paddock.

When i first put the bridle back on for the first time she took it really well when putting it on and off, just recently though, i had my first falls off of her which spooked her quite a bit, and after that ride when i went to take the bridle off she spooked at that and the bit knocked her teeth and she reared up and got even more spooked and ran off.

since then i have put the bridle on once and when i went to take it out again she did the same thing.

I feel as though i need to completely re introduce the bridle as if it was the first time.

Any ideas on how to do this would be lovely as i have never had to do this myself before, I also know her teeth are due to be done so this may be a contributing factor.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-26-2014, 01:16 AM
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Yep get her teeth done asap, then take it really slow..
Try not to knock her teeth at all from now on, while putting it in be very slow & gentle & let her spit it out when she's ready, when taking it off.

We have a lesson horse & a student knocked his teeth when taking off the bridle once, he reared up too, 8 years later he still remembers & is sensitive about the bit going in & out of his mouth.

But yeah, get her teeth done first.
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-26-2014, 02:31 AM
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It has nothing to do with her teeth at all.
It is going to take patience, she is worried because the bit hit her teeth and she made it worse by rearing and running back.

Fpr a start I would work with her in a stable so she cannot go back very far.

Assuming you can get the bridle on all right, start to put the bridle on and then before you slip it over her ears. Put your thumb in the inside of the sode of her mouth so she opens her jaw and top the bit back out,

When it comes to taking the bridle off, take one ear out and then put it back on, do this until she os relaxed, then when it comes to taking it right off, put your thumb into the sode of her mouth so she opens to allow the bit to drop out
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I'd reintroduce a bit with a soft rope instead.

Even if she does get worried, clamp on, throw her head, etc, it's not going to hurt her mouth.

Use it the same way you would a bit, you can either just put the rope in her mouth or tie a short stretch to your bridle so it is the exact same. Ask her to open and accept the rope into her mouth, while she is relaxed with her head relatively low, then slowly bring it out of her mouth. Repeat until she is quiet with it.

once you go to an actual bit, your problem should be all but gone and you won't have to worry about her hurting her teeth.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-26-2014, 03:08 AM
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Open her mouth yourself for bridling & unbridling. If she is really bad you may need to unbuckle the bridle to remove.
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I'd reintroduce a bit with a soft rope instead.

Even if she does get worried, clamp on, throw her head, etc, it's not going to hurt her mouth.

Use it the same way you would a bit, you can either just put the rope in her mouth or tie a short stretch to your bridle so it is the exact same. Ask her to open and accept the rope into her mouth, while she is relaxed with her head relatively low, then slowly bring it out of her mouth. Repeat until she is quiet with it.

once you go to an actual bit, your problem should be all but gone and you won't have to worry about her hurting her teeth.
I use a similar method. When doing ground work I give the horse a break and use the lead rope. If it acts up, back to work it goes. I also would like to add, when I get ready to remove it from their mouth, I lift up a bit to encourage the horse to use it's tongue to help spit the rope or bit out.

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-26-2014, 11:49 AM
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I've noticed that many horses like this tend to want to keep their head up. Just in case this is happening for you, work on keeping her head down.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-26-2014, 12:40 PM
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I've had this happen to me; the horse panics, rears up and I even had the bit catch on the bars of the lower jaw, rip the bridle out of my hands, and be dangling off of her mouth, while she backed up on her rear legs, still rearing, and nearly took out the temporary fencing behind her. it was ugly and scary and unexpected.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-26-2014, 12:56 PM
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I don't know what type of bit you are using but when I had a mare that bumped her teeth and got nervous about the bit, I changed to a a broken mouthpiece which really helped. Also can try using a bit like a happy mouth (no metal to hit the teeth) snaffle and this has helped for me and my horse.
As someone else said keep the head down and this helps to prevent the bit from catching on the teeth.
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