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post #1 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I`m just beginning to part loan and I`m having a little trouble with him. He`s a male fell pony, about eight/nine i think and he`s only been at the farm for three years at the most.

Now my issue is bridling him, my farm had just moved to a new location and of yet, there arent enough stables for all the horses so my pony (Saxon) usually ends up in the field, tied near this tree. So on to my issue.

So I`ll go up to him, bridle in hand and he`ll stand there, let me slip the reins over his head and I`ll got to undo the head collar so i can tie it to his neck so he wont run off on me, but just as i unclip it, he turns his head and runs off, leaving me to try and keep hold of him, the bridal and the head collar and this field hasnt been fully fenced so I`m worried about him getting on to the road or just running off in general.

Okay so say i managed to get the headcollar round his neck, his lifts his head a nose up and me being small cant reach. I`ve read about using treats but does that cause more problems than it solves?

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 06:07 AM
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You couldn't bridle him over the headstall?
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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He doesnt own one, he rides english, assuming that its just used in Western.
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 07:43 AM
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Headstalls and headcollars are essentially the same thing. Either way, if you leave it on him to bridle, whilst he is tied, he will not be able to run away.
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 07:52 AM
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I think let him wear a halter ... then snap a lead rope to it and walk him around then when tour ready simply unbuckle the halter drop it off his nose and re buckle it around the neck and then bridle him and finally last step remove the halter.
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post #6 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 08:28 AM
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I tie a rope around my pony's neck while I slip the halter down around his neck. My pony is a naughty naughty pony who learned he can push children around very easily, so I have to be on my game. Put your hand over his nose before he can raise it, pull his nose back down and slip that bit in, and my colts problem is putting his head too low
ETA: OR, invest 5 bucks into a rope halter! you can wear it under your bridle.
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 08:39 AM
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I am sorry, but I see so many things wrong with this picture, it's sad

1. It sounds to me as if the pony spends its day tied to a tree. Why?

2. Regardless of whether you are only 16 or older, you are inexperienced and need hands on help from a real person.

This whole situation sounds like an accident waiting to happen
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post #8 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 09:44 AM
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Walkinthewalk, I agree.

If there are other stables around you, I'd move. Your horse shouldn't be tied all day and NO horse should be in a half fenced field! That's just stupid.

Halter him and take him to the barn, or a smaller and much safer location. Take the halter off and tie it loosely around his neck, keeping the lead rope tied to something!!!

Then put the bridle on, reins over the head (but keep them in front of the halter.or.you may have everything get tangled up.

Hold onto the bridle reins while unbuckling the halter. If he turns his head away, turn it back towards you.
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 11:06 AM
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Get a headcollar with a buckle on the front of the noseband. Bridle on over the headcollar, headcollar undone on the noseband and undone at the side, pull headcollar out from under the bridle. They're normally the cheap headcollars. I paid 5 for my one I wear under his bridle when we're hacking to the show centre and then can take it off and put it back on under the bridle!
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 12:40 PM
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regarding treats, i agree it's probably better to fix without.. however I will say i rode at a lesson barn w/ a horse that refused to take the bit while being bridled no matter, she would raise her head, start backing etc. and the trainer there did have me put a small carrot in my hand so that she could get the carrot but she had to take the bit. She did ultimately start taking the bit, even w/o the carrot. (But I still feel like there's probably a better way and not sure it would work for every horse).

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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