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post #1 of 134 Old 09-27-2015, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Bridling difficulties

Whats the best way to work with a horse who is fussy having a bit put in her mouth?
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Whats the best way to work with a horse who is fussy having a bit put in her mouth?
In what way? If she throws her head and try's to pull it away approach and retreat might work? Or if she just won't open putting your thumb in the corner of their mouth usually makes them open up.
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This is not meant to be rude but you seem to be having a lot of difficulties with this horse ?
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Yep. We need more details. What exactly does she do? What did your trainer tell you to do about it?
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I put a little of Bit Butter on the bit first. Or sometimes after the bit is in, I give a sugar cube. May not be trainer approved, but my horses take the bit with a wide open mouth!
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A couple of things I've noticed:

Several horses I've owned were nervous about bits. A lot of folks drop the bit when removing it, and it then bangs against the horse's teeth. I know that is removing, but I've had a couple of horses get happy with bits just by being careful when removing it. That was all it took to get them to accept the bit.

Another thing is bit placement. Most people go by no wrinkle, small wrinkle, etc. But Bandit has short lips for his mouth, and my preferred 'no wrinkle' position would cause the bit to hit his teeth. He also has a wolf tooth that needs to be removed (soon, hopefully), so the gap between teeth isn't a large as normal. Take a good look inside the mouth and make sure where you think you should put the bit is where it really needs to go.
"Things to check first- if the bit is sitting high enough in the mouth. If the bit sits too low, it will sit on a thinner, more sensitive part of the tongue or hit the canine teeth repeatedly. Do not look at the wrinkles, look inside the mouth. Ideally the bit should rest halfway between the canines and the molars. Moving the bit a little higher temporarily can help re train the mouth as it makes it harder for the horse to play with.

Also check the correct size- if the bit is too big, again it will droop in the mouth and sit too low. If the bit is too thick, he will be unable to comfortably close his mouth at all."

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I would first check to make sure her mouth/teeth are ok (no pain) and then play a bit with bit adjustment (some horses like it higher or lower than others) and maybe try a few different mouth pieces (some horses prefer a single joint, others a mullen mouth, others a double joint).

I also will give a treat (sugar cubes work great because they dissolve) to a young or green horse when bridling :) Works great!
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In what way? If she throws her head and try's to pull it away approach and retreat might work? Or if she just won't open putting your thumb in the corner of their mouth usually makes them open up.
She will throw her head back or away from the bit.

I was able to get her bridle on a couple times so far but it just seems its a lot more work than it should be.

Couple nights ago she was so fussy that I had to eventually give up (as much as I didnt want her to have her way).

I get her relaxed before putting it on, right under goes under her head and I hold the right side of her face while holding the bridle up and then I let the bit just come up to her mouth and have her take it in on her own. But at this point she refuses to take it and pulls back.

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This is not meant to be rude but you seem to be having a lot of difficulties with this horse ?
Im working with her, it was only until a week ago I started bridling her again. Takes practice.

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Yep. We need more details. What exactly does she do? What did your trainer tell you to do about it?
She said it will get better over time.

I do the same approach as her, which is to stand on my horses left side. Having my arm under her head, put my right hand on her right cheek. Rub it a little just to let her know that im not going in super fast or aggresively with the bridle. This is all still while the bridle is in my left hand.

Then put the bridle in my right hand, while directing the bit towards her mouth and let her take it in. If she doesnt I insert my thumb into the soft spot in her jaw where she has no teeth so that the bit is lightly directed in.

Then when the bit is in, I take my right arm and put it over her neck and gently finish putting on the bridle by putting the top bands over her ears and her forelock sitting above her forehead strap. Then I do up the neck strap.
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