Bridling issues - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 11:48 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 13,976
• Horses: 3
Sounds like no one has ever taught this pony the head down cue. This is essential for handling the head, bridling, etc. If a horse doesn't know this, it's not trained IMO. Fortunately, it's very simple to teach, here's a link to an article which goes through it step by step...
Horse Training: The Head-Down Cue | Horse&Rider

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
waresbear is offline  
post #12 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 04:56 PM
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Posts: 1,563
• Horses: 6
Not sure I understand the problem, but the way we bridle is to attach the lead rope (which is clipped to the halter on the horse) to a ring or crossties. Then unbuckle the halter and slip it down the horse's neck and re-buckle it, so it's like a dog collar around their neck (and they're still hooked to that ring in the wall) and then put the bridle on. Only after the bridle is on do we unbuckle the halter from their neck and release them from the hook on the wall.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
ecasey is offline  
post #13 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 08:04 PM
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,295
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
I am sorry, but I see so many things wrong with this picture
I do too. A pony tied to a tree in a partially fenced field? What kind of facility does that? Secondly, while I can't say I blame the pony for wanting to run off, it is an indication that he is not properly trained and if you are not that experienced you need some help from some who is. Until then never let him get away with anything. Ponies can be devils about getting their own way and can learn bad habits quickly. Leave him tied with the halter and bridle over the halter and don't untie him until you have everything adjusted and have a good grip on the reins.
loosie and anndankev like this.
Textan49 is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 04-18-2015, 04:23 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 21,742
• Horses: 0
Can we have some more info OP? Is it the way it sounds, that as there are no spare stables, the pony lives on a tether? Not even adequate fencing(so the other 'inmates' are locked in stables full time, never turned out??)? If so, PLEASE find somewhere good for the pony to live ASAP! Pref NOT stabled, but living in a paddock with other horses. Allowed to BE horses.

As it also sounds like you're quite inexperienced, I second other advice that you should also look for some good hands on instruction. We can provide advice where possible here, but there is only so much help a remote forum can give you.
loosie is online now  
post #15 of 16 Old 04-20-2015, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
Okay, first thanks for all the help and advice. Second, let me get this a little cleared up, sorry for the misunderstanding in the first place.

1. He's not tied to the tree for longer than half an hour each day, the rest he spends in the field. He has food and water at all times.

2. The field is now fully fenced.

3. The other horses also only spend the same amount of time in the field, all with food and water, before going into a stable or the field afterwards. As it is a riding school, it would be hard to keep recatching all the horses all the time.

So now on to the more information thing. He hasn't been taught a head down cue, so I'm gonna start working on that. Should I try to explain this situation again?? Either way, I bought a lick it and some polos to help but he was good this week, so it does just depend what mood he's in.
Beling likes this.
horsegirl 16 is offline  
post #16 of 16 Old 04-20-2015, 01:15 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Maui
Posts: 944
• Horses: 0
I'm pretty sure things will improve. Just don't lose your temper, keep at it.

Also, always have a second rope around his neck, tied to the tree, before you take off the halter, and put it on before you unbridle him too, just to make sure he'll stay there.
anndankev likes this.
Beling is offline  

bridling issues , fell pony , first time horse owner

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bridling issues with rescue horse Magnum Horse Training 16 08-23-2015 04:02 PM
Bridling problems! 17mwallingford New to Horses 21 07-11-2014 12:40 AM
Bridling Issues Iseul Horse Training 10 01-03-2013 02:52 PM
Trouble with bridling Puddintat Horse Training 11 03-15-2011 12:46 AM
Bridling issues. JayDee1608 Horse Training 17 10-03-2007 12:13 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome